The Citizen Curators programme is provided by Cornwall Museums Partnership in collaboration with seven museums. It was funded for three years by the Museums Association’s Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund (2018-21). The Programme Leader is Dr. Tehmina Goskar, Curator & Director of the Curatorial Research Centre. You can find out more about the role of Citizen Curator by watching this video.
At the Museum of Cornish Life the Citizen Curators have completed a range of exhibitions, initiatives and research projects.
About Citizen Curators:
The Citizen Curators course is based on supporting participants to become more confidence and competence in five key areas of curatorial work. Using a coaching-style of teaching, based on Kolb’s experiential learning cycle, the programme participants self and peer-assess through the 6-month programme, supporting each other in their learning groups (5 per museum, per year).
By learning through doing, each cohort and group is able to provide invaluable feedback to their museum in areas of the collection that have been obscured or by providing new ideas. Participants learn how to turn one-way conversations into two-way conversations leading to new content, new knowledge and new relationships which the museum can harness in its audience-focused programming.