Citizen Curators programme launched

Last Thursday at Cornwall Museums Partnership’s annual Share and Learn day in Helston, I launched the Citizen Curators Programme and introduced its prospective pilot at Royal Cornwall Museum.

Citizen Curators is basically museum studies in the workplace and takes the place between attending one-off training and a full-on course at a university such as an MA in Museum Studies.

Citizen Curators is a work-based training programme aimed at skilling up volunteers (and also staff who want to develop new skills) in modern curatorial practice. The idea behind this programme was developed over 18 months ago in response to the increasing lack of opportunities to learn curatorial and modern museum skills while working or volunteering in a sustained manner, and have the opportunity to test and assess competencies and in a peer learning framework.

The rural context of Citizen Curators is important. People of smaller museums in large rural regions lack the most access to training, skills, networking and peer groups.

For me it’s an opportunity to experiment with delivering education to workers while they work, and also led by the needs of their work. Colleagues will know about my growing interest and involvement in museum skills development and I am grateful for this opportunity try out something new.

Apart from access to skills and an opportunity to test them out, the Citizen Curators pilot will also focus on recruiting at least 50% under-25s.

The emphasis will be on the participants’ learning goals, rather than on fancying up a regular volunteer opportunity or disguising a dreaded unpaid internship.

That said, participants will have to demonstrate commitment and a dedication to completing the course and creating an outcome that is meaningful to the museum.

It is thanks to Arts Council England support through Cornwall Museums Partnership received through through the Change Makers leadership programme that I am able to conduct this pilot.

Download the Citizen Curators Pilot summary (PDF)

Download the Citizen Curators Flier (PDF)

 

Dr. Tehmina Goskar, Change Maker (Arts Council England supported),
Cornwall Museums Partnership & The Royal Institution of Cornwall

Catalyst Training Courses continue to offer valuable skills

With four training courses already taken place and twelve more to go, the Catalyst Skills Programme has been successfully delivering high quality skills development to help museums thrive, by maximising their fundraising skills. . The Catalyst workshops are carefully designed, and delivered by highly experienced sector specialists and industry experts. The workshops cover a very wide variety of topics – from marketing, PR and social media, to  finance skills for fundraisers, partnership-working, volunteers and trustees’ role in the fundraising process, and many more; there is always something for everyone. The workshops are significantly subsidised through funding from HLF, which means they only cost £20 (instead of £180) for a full day of skills development.

If you are serious about fundraising and helping your museum shine, then make sure that you secure one of the last few places remaining – 2017 is the last year that the Catalyst Programme will be available in Cornwall.

Next up:

May 9: Marketing and branding – The dark arts

May 10: Digital Magic – Websites, PR and Social Media

June 6: How to take your fundraising digital

June 7: Crowdfunding and other digital fundraising stories

For a full list of our upcoming Catalyst training courses, visit our online shop here.

 

And in case you didn’t know… All of the Catalyst workshops are organised and delivered by Cornwall Museums Partnership with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the Catalyst Skills Programme. For further information please contact Yiota, the Catalyst Programme Coordinator, at: yiota@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk.