Ask a Curator

Ask a Curator day takes place tomorrow across the world on social media

What makes a curator tick? Find out tomorrow as thousands of curators take to Twitter to answer questions about their profession and the valuable collections they look after

More than 1,000 museums have registered to #AskaCurator from more than 50 countries from Argentina to Australia and Puerto Rica to Poland for this year’s Ask a Curator which takes place tomorrow.

Making museums open, engaging and interactive, the event is coordinated by Mar Dixon, a social media and audience development consultant, and began in 2010 when Jim Richardson from Sumo Design spotted that Twitter would be a good platform to bring curators together with their peers and visitors.

“It’s a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues you normally don’t have access to,” said Dixon on her website. “#Askacurator is open to everyone: Museums, galleries, National Trust, Theatres, and more. You can ask anything that you’re curious about or want more information on.”

A diverse mix of museums have registered for the 2015 event from the well-established big-hitters such as the Natural History Museum in London to MoMa in New York and seven of Smithsonian museums, to sporting-themed museums including the Olympic Museum in Switzerland, transport-related museums such as the National Railway Museum in Sierra Leone, which is on a return journey having participated last year, and more unusual museums such as The Mind Museum, Taguig, Philippines.

Museums can still sign up with this simple form and anyone can take part by using the hashtag #AskaCurator on Twitter. You can ask questions to specific museums using the museum’s handle or you can ask general questions using #AskaCurator and keep up to date by following @AskACurator