Training grant – NAM Regimental Curators Course

The NAM Regimental Curators Course took place over four days, based in Edinburgh Castle. The course was extremely comprehensive and covered a range of topics that were tailored specifically to a curator’s needs.

The course accounted for the fact that small regimental museums often have highly cross functional teams, with curators having to work across all areas including fundraising, marketing, community engagement, events, planning, and more. There was a series of sessions that went back to the basics, which were useful refreshers for topics such as collection registration, collections care, and using a CMS. However, there was plenty of in-depth, topic-specific content that covered army museum archives, regimental museum development, and collections care specific to army museums (which included preventative conservation of objects like weapons).

The three-day course was followed by one day looking specifically at firearms in museums covering the laws and regulations, which was very useful.

One of the most beneficial aspects of the course was meeting and getting to know the curatorial staff of other army museums, most of whom were based in Scotland. This provided the opportunity to make valuable connections and discuss potential collaborations. There were also talks from the army museums based in Edinburgh Castel (Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and the Royal Regiment of Scotland) – this was particularly useful as it allowed us to understand their challenges (which are often very similar to ours) and to learn how these museums are developing.

Eilidh Young (Museum Director), Katharine Neil (Graduate Curator), Freya Samuel (Digital Engagement Curator), The Highlanders Museum

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