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In the life of a trainee curator

Natasha is a Trainee Curator on the Strengthening Our Common Lives (SOCL) supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future initiative.
Natasha is a Trainee Curator on the Strengthening Our Common Lives (SOCL) supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future initiative.

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“Day-to-day life as a Trainee curator is a lot like London Transport Museum’s collection; it is varied and provides me with many opportunities to learn. For me it’s the perfect combination of practical and creative activities through research and cataloging tasks.

A typical day…

I enjoy my daily responsibilities which include answering enquiries and cataloguing as well as working in a great team of curators and some of the amazing volunteers.

Special projects…

No two days are the same, and I can be working on several projects at any one time.

Since starting at the Museum I have had the pleasure of working on our new Collections Online project data cleaning and preparing records for online publication. This ensures that we are providing as much as access to the collection as possible.

The unexpected parts of the job…

I have contributed to the Waterloo & City car conservation project helping to clean the interior. The seats were sent off to a huge freezer to ensure that any pests (namely moths who love fabric as we all know) who may have been lurking in the moquette, were exterminated.”

The best part of the job…

One of my favourite projects has been planning and interpreting the poster collection. I recently put together the current Poster Parade ‘Musical London’. This was a chance to work on and plan a project independently. I wanted to showcase what the London music scene means to me and how it has influenced London Transport posters.”

For me curating is combining research skills with creativity; telling stories and providing people with opportunities to see objects in a new light. That is why I wanted to become a curator”.

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund Natasha is able work for our curatorial department to help preserve our collections and increase wider access for of our visitors.

SOCL aims to meet one of Heritage Lottery Fund’s core objectives: to increase workforce diversity across the heritage sector by providing work-based training for young people from sections of the population historically under-represented.