So, yesterday’s post didn’t happen. I didn’t have an idea for X, since all I could think of is X marks the spot, so it would have had to have been about trails through museums. Not exciting enough to blog about, and brain death happened during two and a quarter hours of dance class. Brains can only hold so many dances. I am currently learning four.
Someone asked me once what my perfect job in a museum would be. To be honest, I like doing a little bit of everything (except answering the telephone- I absolutely HATE talking on the phone). I’m also a very hands-on person. Usually, when people ask what your career aspiration is, the expected answer is Director. I have no wish to be a director. The idea of schmoozing and doing policy and planning sounds so awful. I like interacting with the public and other museum people, I like doing education stuff and I like collections work. I’m introverted, so networking is one of my ideas of hell. The idea of working in an office, not doing any of the bread and butter museum work makes me want to heave. It sounds SO BORING.
So my big ambition in life? I want to be a curator.
Ok so it’s on the most ambitious career path. I’m mostly there, as an assistant curator. But I would love to be a curator of a small or medium size museum, where I can still do the curatorial stuff (my favourite), but get to do a lot of the hands on stuff I do now. I’m not someone who wants to be in the work limelight. I want to be passionate about the museum and collection, and to make sure my museum is the best damn museum we can make it. Anything less than that (or even more than that) would not suit me.
Don’t get me wrong, the opportunity to work at a national museum in a curatorial capacity would be awesome. I wouldn’t pass that up. But I love that no two days are the same. I like that we have to be creative, because the budget for a temporary exhibition is either £100 or nothing. I prefer the difficulties of a small museum over the bureaucracy you sometimes get in a large one. But I still love the large ones.
Maybe not the most ambitious life plan, but it sounds like a happy one. And that, my friends, is what I truly yen for.