Let’s be museum curators

Suitable for:11 to 16, 16+

Museums: they’re just not boring anymore

In the past, museums had a bit of a reputation for being boring. Maybe because they were full of old stuff. Nowadays, a trip to the museum is a different proposition. Today’s exhibitions are much more interactive, entertaining and relevant.

What is a curator?

Curators are the people who put exhibitions together. A curator works with technical staff, designers, researchers and others to make things as interesting and as interactive as possible.

Your museum mission

Imagine you’re a curator. Can you come up with a brilliant idea for a totally unique exhibition? Be bold. Be imaginative. Your exhibition could be about anything at all, past, present or even in an imaginary future.

Write a proposal that will convince a museum director to put on your exhibition. Think about what you want to be in it, how people will experience it and what kind of space you’ll need. You can use video, photography and drawings to illustrate your ideas. Share you ideas using #sheffieldmuseums


Kelham Island museum
Kelham Island museum

You’ll need to research your subject in detail. You’ll also need to research museums to get a feel for what curators do. Don’t be afraid to ask questions: local librarians and museum staff are very helpful people who love this sort of project.

You’re going to want to visit as many different museums as you can. For opening times and a list of what’s on, see their websites:

Western Park Museum and Gallery

The Kelham Island Industrial Museum

The National Videogame Museum

The Alfred Denny Museum

The Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

The National Emergency Services Museum

Museums across the world have uploaded online content for you to access whilst at home. Some even have virtual exhibits. Here is a list of some that you might like: