Museum vitrine showing a display of weapons from around the world with a photograph of a man entitled 'Friend or Foe'.

Curatorial thoughts on decolonisation

Posted Posted in Good Curating

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 […]

Top 10 tips for curating exhibitions and displays: Lights, levels and labels

Posted Posted in Top Tips in Curating

Exhibition and display work is considered the foundation of curatorial communication. The place where the idea, theme or story is given intention through the assembly of exhibits, objects and art. Between us we have curated or contributed to a huge range of displays and exhibitions for large organisations and occasions, and very small ones with […]

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Immersive 3D sound as a tool for curators

Posted Posted in 3D, Sound

Are you hearing my voice in your left ear? Then let’s get started. Visitors to Versailles exhibition binaural audio experience, The Met, New York City, 2018. Sound is a profoundly powerful sense. It can trigger memories, create experiences, and take people to new – and old – places. The philosophy of the Curatorial Research Centre […]

When is curating, not curating?

Posted Posted in Interviews with Curators

Putting photographs of beards on the internet isn’t curating. Emma King, museum curator. Everything is curated these days. We’ve all seen it. The Curator restaurant, Curators’ snacks, Curator clothes labels, beard curation and even curated ears–which has nearly 40,000 posts tagged on Instagram. By comparison #museumcurator is tagged in 4700 posts. But when is curating, not […]

Journeys into curating: an interview with Becki Brattin and Katie Bunnell

Posted Posted in Curatorial Training, Interviews with Curators

Becki Brattin and Katie Bunnell recently completed Cornwall Museums Partnership’s Citizen Curators programme at Falmouth Art Gallery. The Curatorial Research Centre leads the Citizen Curators programme in collaboration with Cornwall Museums Partnership and seven participating museums. It is funded by the Museums Association’s Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. It is an annual free course that is […]

Curating as an agent for change

Posted Posted in Good Curating

Curating and curators are not synonymous with change makers. Yet I believe very differently. If we follow our philosophy of a curator as part knowledge maker, part communicator it is logical that curatorial agency has the potential to carry much power. That power can be used for change or it can be restrained to resist […]

3D scanning a WWI uniform at Cornwall's Regimental Museum. A camera on a tripod points towards a mannequin dressed in the uniform, flanked by two studio lights

3D scanning at Cornwall’s Regimental Museum

Posted Posted in 3D

We have been working with Cornwall’s Regimental Museum in Bodmin to 3D scan a selection of their objects. I helped the museum to create a Sketchfab account so that they can display the 3D models online, and use the Augmented Reality (AR) features of the Sketchfab mobile app. This will allow the objects, normally housed […]

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Joining the Cultural Governance Alliance

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In these days of uncertainty and change, the governance of arts and culture organisations has risen in importance.  A Practical Guide to Governance (Clore Leadership) At the CRC we believe effective and ethical governance is essential for good curating. Our philosophy on curating values both knowledge creation and communication. The idea of knowledge, talent, know-how […]