The Context of Curator in the Twenty-First Century: A Study at Museums in Bangkok Area


The purpose of this research is to study the context and progression of the curator in the Twenty-First Century. Since the millennium, the flood of technological and economic growth significantly affected the context of the curator. The curator is not only a keeper or collector of digital data cultural heritage as before, but must also be a marketer and organizer as well. The research instrument is the in-depth interviews with curators from four museums located in Bangkok: 1) Museum Siam; 2) Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall; 3) Suan Pakkad Palace Museum; 4) Sai Suddha Nobhadol Building Museum. The results are that three out of four (75%) agreed that the stream of technology and economy is the main factor affecting the curator context. All about 100% agreed that marketing and coordinative skills are required as a context of the twenty-first-century curator. In conclusion, the context of the curator is not a curator literally, but additionally business knowledge especially marketing and coordinative skill must be cultivated.

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Anantachai Aeka, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand
Wimonchat Lerdkochasri, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand

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Conference: ACE2018
Stream: Knowledge Creation, Preservation & Access: Curation, Librarianship, Information & Archival Science

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