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Curator (Museum)

Aliases: Museum Curator

Industry/Sector(s): Education, Training and Research


JOB DESCRIPTION 1

The tasks a Curator (Museum) is expected to perform include:

  • Collecting, preparing and preserving objects or materials of historical, biological, geological, archaeological and antique importance
  • Displaying all the objects for public viewing in museums or exhibition halls
  • Undertaking extensive tours of the country and collecting rare objects and materials of historical importance
  • Classifying the objects under appropriate headings according to genus, family and species (if animals) or to periods (if monuments)
  • Preparing material for proper and effective display
  • Labelling all the specimens or objects with proper descriptions
  • Preserving all the specimens in special solutions like lysol, formalin, etc.
  • Displaying objects in various exhibition halls of museums for better effect
  • Conducting or carrying out research to trace the history of objects
  • Publishing research reports relating to the museum collection for use by scholars
  • Providing facilities to research workers 
  • Conducting visitor's tours in the museum and explaining the history of articles, etc. to them​
WORK ENVIRONMENT 1, 2
  • It is not a desk job
  • Need not handle a team
  • Local travelling is a part of this job role
  • Part-time work and contractual jobs may be available
  • Work from home option is not available
Working hours
  • Organizations usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from organization to organization
  • Shift system may be available
  • Overtime may be required
Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?

This may vary from organization to organization​

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING 3

Preferably, Master’s or equivalent honour's degree in Indian history/archaeology/classical languages

KEY COMPETENCIES 1
  • In-depth knowledge of history and all important timelines 
  • Skilled at identifying and collecting rare objects and materials 
  • In-depth knowledge of the genus, family and species of animals and periods of the monuments
  • Skilled in checking the authenticity of the artefacts
  • Skilled in organizing art shows at the museum 
  • Skilled in hosting events like tours, workshops, lectures, fundraisers, educational programmes for museum members and general public
  • Skilled at maintaining detailed records of all items
  • Knowledge of writing research papers
DESIRABLE COMPETENCIES 1
  • Good communication skills
  • Hard-working​​
AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING AND LEARNING INSTITUTES 

Universities and institutes offering courses in Indian history, archaeology and classical languages across India

AVAILABLE SKILL TRAINING SCHEMES/SCHOLARSHIPS 

For scholarship and schemes, use further links like:

  • https://scholarships.gov.in/​​
SAMPLE OF TRAINING AND LEARNING COURSES 

https://targetstudy.com/courses/ma-ancient-indian-history-and-archaeology.html

CAREER PROGRESSION PATH 4

Helper → Archivist → Curator (Museum) → Head Curator 

​​​This may vary from organization to organization

EXPECTED EARNINGS 3
  • For new entrants - Rs 5,200 to Rs 20,200 per month
These figures are indicative and subject to change
REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 3

Some organizations hire new entrants too

PROBABLE EMPLOYERS 3
  • Museums
  • Historical conservatories
KEYWORDS 

Curator Museum

OCCUPATIONAL CODES AND STANDARDS 
StandardCodeDescription
NCO 20152621.0200Curator (Museum)
ISCO 20082621 Archivists and Curators
NIC 200891020Museums activities and operation of historical sites and buildings
QP ReferenceNot availableNot available
NSQFNot availableNot available
REFERENCES 
1
National Classification of Occupations Division 2
2http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in/page.php?s=reg&t=def&p=list_jobsNew
3
www.indianmuseumkolkata.org/Notice%20&%20Advertisement/2800.doc
4
http://dget.nic.in/upload/uploadfiles/files/publication/Des-Div-2.pdf
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