Past con­nect

THE LOW­DOWN

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Al­though muse­ol­ogy sounds aca­demic and be­gan with mu­seum the­ory and prac­tice, to­day it is much more hands-on and peo­ple-cen­tric. While ob­ject doc­u­men­ta­tion, pre­ven­tive con­ser­va­tion, dis­play and in­ter­pre­ta­tion meth­ods, stor­age, se­cu­rity still re­main at the core, the fo­cus to­day is cen­tred on the mu­seum users. Mu­se­ums need foot­falls and mu­seum pro­fes­sion­als to­day need updated know-how re­gard­ing visi­tor be­hav­iour pat­terns, mar­ket seg­ments, brand­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, and pub­lic­ity. Many muse­ol­o­gists are sub­ject ex­perts on the col­lec­tions they han­dle. For ex­am­ple mod­ern art, an­cient his­tory, nu­mis­mat­ics (coins), tex­tiles, botany, zo­ol­ogy, or even a pe­riod or place in his­tory. Muse­ol­o­gists work in mu­se­ums and gal­leries, both gov­ern­ment and pri­vate, as cu­ra­tors, mu­seum ed­u­ca­tion­ists, ex­hi­bi­tion co­or­di­na­tors, con­sul­tants, among other roles. To­day, many large cor­po­rate houses have mu­se­ums too. The key point is that muse­ol­o­gists should be pas­sion­ate about the ob­jects and col­lec­tions they han­dle, and use them to spread en­joy­ment and knowl­edge, mak­ing mu­se­ums a fun place to visit

CLOCK­WORK Morn­ing: Read the pa­pers to know what is hap­pen­ing in town, es­pe­cially in other gal­leries and mu­se­ums 10am: Reach work­place, plan for up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, draft press re­lease, make a round of dis­play spa­ces un­der your charge, an­swer mails, at­tend team meet­ing. Do one or all of these 1pm: Lunch 2pm: Work in the gallery spa­ces, plan or hold an ed­u­ca­tion work­shop, meet peo­ple, read the lat­est re­gard­ing in­ter­na­tional mu­seum prac­tices, work on reg­u­lar ac­counts and data­base en­tries. The work may in­volve some or all of the above 6pm: Head home. On days prior to ex­hi­bi­tion open­ings, stay till 9pm

THE PAY­OFF As­sis­tant cu­ra­tor: R25,000 to R30,000 a month in an In­dian mu­seum SKILLS/TRAITS A ground­ing in a ba­sic sub­ject like his­tory, art his­tory, (sci­ence if you in­tend to work in a sci­ence mu­seum) Man­age­ment skills, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, vi­su­al­i­sa­tion skills You must have re­search and writ­ings skills, un­der­stand the ma­te­rial and be able to re-write or trans­late it for your au­di­ences,

GET­TING THERE Grad­u­ates in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines can en­rol for a mas­ter’s in muse­ol­ogy. Can­di­dates with a bach­e­lor’s or mas­ter’s in his­tory, an­cient his­tory, ar­chae­ol­ogy, an­thro­pol­ogy, San­skrit, fine arts, physics, chem­istry, botany, zo­ol­ogy, ge­ol­ogy, earth sci­ence, agri­cul­ture, en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence, and marine sci­ence can ap­ply. Check in­di­vid­ual in­sti­tu­tion’s re­quire­ments as well IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS MA in muse­ol­ogy, Na­tional Mu­seum In­sti­tute of His­tory of Art, Con­ser­va­tion and Muse­ol­ogy, New Delhi www.nmi.gov.in MA (fine) muse­ol­ogy, MS Univer­sity of Bar­oda, Vado­dara www.msub­ar­oda.ac.in MA/MSc in muse­ol­ogy, Univer­sity of Cal­cutta, Kolkata www.calu­niv.ac.in MA in muse­ol­ogy, BHU, www.bhu.ac.in MSc/Post-MSc diploma in muse­ol­ogy, Ali­garh Mus­lim Univer­sity www.amu.ac.in PROS AND CONS You han­dle price­less arte­facts Tour with trav­el­ling exhibitions

20TH CEN­TURY FOX

Close to his­tory: You may not see an­cient arte­facts come to life like in the movie Night At The Mu­seum, the work is still no less grip­ping

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