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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 17:40

What does a curator do?

What does a “curator” do?

…A question asked of me many times throughout my work in museum collections. It is not an easy question to answer, however, as “curators” exist at the cross-section of multiple disciplines. This is especially the case in institutions like the Klamath County Museums, which contain a wide variety of collections. Some days it might mean work with artifacts, and on others it might mean the creation of new exhibits. Still other days might require work with archival materials or even library materials.

The definition of “curator” is complicated even further with its use in popular culture. There are now “curators” of music, videos, and content in general all over the internet. These individuals collect and present information on many different topics.

However, the museum curator’s job is really focused in collections management. The term “curator” comes from the Latin curare, which means “take care.” Museum curators “take care” of the museum’s collection. This includes preservation, conservation, and a myriad of collections management tasks.

You may see the work of a curator in exhibitions, however, there is a large amount of work that takes place in the back rooms, in collection storage areas, which many people never get to see or even know about.

“Curator’s Corner” is a weekly blog about curatorial work at the Klamath County Museums. It features curiosities, artifacts, and other objects found in the museum. The purpose of “Curator’s Corner” is to provide a glimpse into the vast collection of the Klamath County Museums and to provide an historical and anthropological perspective on past and present topics.

Coming soon…Mummy wrappings at the Klamath County Museum!!!

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