Professional development (CPD)

Investing in your own development is the single biggest impact you can have on your work, your outlook and your prospects.

Curatorial skills are not just for people who are or want to be art or museum curators–although we cater for you too! Our curatorial model and methods are highly transferrable to any area of work life that involves knowledge generation and communication.

As a research active organisation you can be sure that all of our CPD programmes will be backed up by the latest thinking and applications. We also provide individual mentoring based on our experience as trained and accredited facilitators.

Develop CPD for your workplace, college or programme

We are experienced course and class programme developers. We can co-develop bespoke professional development short and long programmes or one-off masterclasses and workshops.

Should you wish for a blended learning approach we can supply a combination of workplace and online learning. We use the experiential learning cycle as our framework (based on Kolb) which means learning through doing and active reflection. This makes our learning experiences much more appealing for non-book learners and helps to create a more satisfying experience for mixed groups, such as volunteers.

For subject or specialist professional develop, we offer CPD in the following areas. Typically, ‘Principles’ are half-day workshops lasting 2.5-3 hours. ‘How to’ workshops are full day and include practicals. Post-workshop resources such as slides and handouts are included. All participants receive a Statement of Accomplishment on successful completion.

Don’t see what you are looking for here? Don’t hesitate to contact us with your particular needs.

  • Principles of 2D and 3D digitisation
  • Principles of curating collections
  • Principles of object-based research
  • Principles of interpretation
  • Principles of podcasting and How to podcast successfully
  • How to create exhibitions and displays
  • Technical skills for curators
  • Principles of co-creation and co-production
  • Principles of diversity and inclusion
  • Research skills for curators
  • Principles of good interpretation
  • Picture research for curators
  • History of museums
  • Principles of material culture research
  • Finding and interpreting women’s heritage
  • Finding and interpreting hidden and minority heritage

Curator for a day

“A lot of the skills are definitely transferable to medical consultation. Being able to portray information in easily digestible chunks. Also able to pick up on people’s body language and gauge how a conversation is going.”

Survey feedback from a medical student taking part. Q: In what ways will you apply your learning to your day job? March 2018.

In 2017/18 we created an unusual opportunity for medical students to experience museum curation. University of Exeter medical students based at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro had the option of taking a longitudinal module in the humanities. Initiated by the medical library team, an opportunity was sought for the students to immerse in museums as part of their studies.

This was their opportunity interpret a range of artefacts and artworks in the museum from a medic’s perspective. It resulted in a real time show and tell event at the museum for visiting public. From gigantism evident in a portrait to exploring Victorian attitudes to mental health through blood-letting, the students had the opportunity to adapt their own knowledge and expertise to collections research.

As a result the museum gained new insights into some of their objects and visitors got to hear a specialist interpretation of them. The students reported that curatorial communication skills and interrogative techniques were useful outcomes of the training that they could see using in their training as doctors.

Team building

Curatorial team projects can be cohesive and our group courses and training will expand the realm of questions people ask of things and situations that are very familiar to them. This raises self-awareness, clarifies purpose and places emphasis on the importance of acquiring the right kind of information and knowledge.

We would be very happy to develop a Curator for a Day workshop for your organisation.

University of Exeter medical students giving a medical interpretation of ancient Egyptian processes of mummification.