#AskACurator Day is on again. Are you ready? This global event has been going since 2010, and since 2012 it has been an annual Twitter event held around the middle of September.
WHAT IS ‘ASKACURATOR’ DAY?
Essentially it’s a Twitter chat (actually ‘social media chat’ would define it better, since it’s now spread to Instagram too). For those of you who are on Twitter or Instagram, on 18 September 2019 you can send a query to any specific archive, museum, National Trust, gallery or other similar organisation around the world that is taking part. When you do, just be sure to hashtag it with #AskACurator, and they’ll respond. Or you can send a general query using the hashtag #AskACurator, and any number of organisations might reply.
It’s all happening on 18 September 2019, so be sure to diary date it. It starts on 18th September wherever you are in the world. And as Australia and New Zealand are ahead of other countries is is still going on by the time we get to the 19th – so it sort of goes for a day and a bit for us, particularly if you are tweeting overseas organisations.
Some sample questions on the AskACurator page are:
– What is is like to be a curator?
– How do you decide what to display?
– What is the most unique object in your collection?
– What is the coolest part of being a curator?
I think you get the idea. But honestly just ask whatever you wish.
CAN I PARTICIATE?
AskACurator Day is open to everyone – both to those doing the asking, and those at the archives – the more the merrier for both – but you will need to be on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to do so. This is a global event, and it’s great to see archives from so many counties already on the list to participate – from Australia to Yemen. There’s 100s of them. For organisations wishing to take part, you can find details of the sign-up form here.
I haven’t found a list of who is participating in 2019’s #AskACurator Day, but here’s a list of those who took part in 2018’s #AskACurator Day, so it’ll give you an idea of the types of institutions that do.