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Study it, question it, curate it

Curatorial skills for your professional and personal journeys

Collections

We do collections advice. Whether it’s public, private, independent or technical advice, we can help.

Digital

Curate images, sound, and 3D assets. We can help you get it online or on to devices, and help study it too.

Exhibitions & Content

Engaging content from our unique perspective, wherever you need it. From museums to hotels to airports to offices.

Facilitation

We help organisations and networks to develop and change. Diversity, inclusion, leadership work? That too.

Research & Analysis

Research is our passion. Historical, museological, scientific, technological; it’s in our bones.

Training & Courses

We excel in creating, developing, and delivering place-based and online training and courses.

Decolonise or anti-colonise or understand the system? Some more thoughts for curators

“They were clearly and genuinely disturbed by what they saw as the triumph of cultural relativism over science’s universalist, humanitarian aspirations.”Excerpt from: Paul Turnbull and Michael Pickering. “The Long Way Home”. Introduction by Paul Turnbull, p.21. I am reading The Long Way Home. The Meanings and Values of Repatriation, ed. Paul Turnbull and Michael Pickering…

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An icon for curating?

When re-launching our website we wanted to use some icons to communicate the main sections clearly. Something simple and graphical to accompany and support a short description. This led us to think – how do you represent the concept of curating visually? Let’s see what we get when we search some of the larger icon…

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Curatorial thoughts on decolonisation

This Friday at the Museums Association’s 2019 conference and exhibition in Brighton, I will be chairing a panel of international speakers on the theme of decolonisation in museums, with particular emphasis on those museums of 18th-20th century coloniser countries such as the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy. Organised by Director of the MA, Sharon…

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Our Philosophy

Curating narrows the gap between creating knowledge and communication. Our philosophy is inspired by the concept of creating collections of things. The act of collecting is about constructing knowledge (information and emotional) through explanation and stories.

Possessing that knowledge bestows a person power. It is the curator’s purpose to share that knowledge (and its power) as widely and equitably as possible through brilliant communication and interpretation.

Read more about our philosophy on curating.

Curatorial Research Centre swirls

What we provide

Course development

Digital and place-based course development for colleges, adult education, universities, individual organisations and groups. We have developed and are delivering a major work-based curatorial training and museum awareness course for Cornish museums called Citizen Curators on behalf of Cornwall Museums Partnership, supported by the Museums Association Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.

Research projects

We help organisations analyse information and explore new subjects. Recently we have helped Historic England to update a guide to good practice and communicate shipwrecks to non-divers through 3D imaging on Sketchfab. Our research into medieval inscriptions has helped archaeologists at Tintagel to read words hidden for a thousand years.

Organisational help

Support for undertaking organisational change, leadership development and diversity and inclusion work. Our Director is an Accredited member of the Association of Facilitators and we have led facilitation events for the National Trust, Arts Council England and contributed insights to the Cultural Governance Alliance led by the Clore Leadership Programme.

A close-up photo of a lady using a magnifying glass to look closely at an object.
Citizen Curators learning curatorial skills.
A computer-generated image of the seabed showing the locations of cannons at a shipwreck.
Curating the seabed. Simplified polygonal maps of a complex shipwreck site off the Isles of Scilly.

Good curating

Curate it all… 

…food, clothes, garden, music, colours, lights, writing, your room.

Good curating gives meaning to the choices you make when you choose, select and arrange.

It determines the ideas, people and stories you really care about. 

Study it
Question it
Curate it.

#goodCurating

Parlophone 45rpm record of Kites by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound.
Simon Dupree and The Big Sound, Kites, on 45rpm single by Parlophone, 1967. Part of a large vinyl collection needing curation.