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Citizen Curators Wanted

Become a Citizen Curator at the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno!

We are looking for volunteers keen on learning new museum skills.  The Citizen Curators training programme aims to teach museum awareness and modern curatorial practice, and is supported by Cornwall Museums Partnership and the Centre for Curatorial Research.  You will need:

  • To be free to attend training days;
  • To be able to reach the Telegraph Museum Porthcurno;
  • To be able to reach various locations throughout Cornwall hosting field trips;
  • To have an interest in history and a wish to learn how to be a curator.

We will have an open day on Wednesday 7th August so you can visit and talk to us and ask questions.

To apply, you will need to complete the application form and send it to us by the deadline, along with a copy of your CV.  The deadline for applications is Monday 26th August, 2019.

The application can be downloaded as a PDF here: Application Questionnaire Citizen Curators 2019-20 edited.

The programme time table can be found here:

For Circulation Citizen Curators Core Timetable 2019-20 b

If you are selected, you will be invited to an informal interview (travel expenses will be recouped).  Spaces are limited, so get your applications in quick!

Your Citizen Curators Project for 2020

2020 is the 150th anniversary of the cable to India out of Porthcurno and we will be celebrating this over the course of the year.

In preparation, we will be offering our Citizen Curators a project: they will have to research, gather, and interpret what they find in the museum’s archives and present it in a series of short films to be premiered on the museum’s YouTube channel.

This offers them the opportunity to use the skills they will learn over the course of the Citizen Curator programme, and to then present the result to the public.

Each Citizen Curator will have curatorial control over their short film, or they can choose to work as a team, sharing their curatorial interests and interpretation if they so wish.

The short films will reflect the curatorial efforts and interests of the Citizen Curators, either as an individual or as a team.  Perhaps they will choose to focus on the science of telegraphy?  Perhaps they will focus on individual people?

They will be given technical support by a member of staff who will film and edit the short films together, all in conjunction with the Citizen Curators’ ideas.  Once they have completed the Citizen Curators programme in April 2020, the fruits of their labours will be shared online.

The Citizen Curators programme will begin this September.

For more information, visit the Cornwall Museums Partnership link below:

Citizen Curators