About me

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I have a passion for developing engaging heritage projects that provide diverse audiences with attractive opportunities to communicate, learn and debate.

Consultant Curator & Heritage Interpreter

I am a highly skilled curator with 16 years of cross-sectoral experience in creating, planning, project managing and delivering exhibition and collections projects on a variety of scales and budgets in museums, archives, libraries, higher education and voluntary sectors–and online.

I am a content specialist. If you want your collections to be at the centre of your organisation so that everybody can enjoy them, then you need a curator who understands how to connect objects and archives with diverse communities, especially those of minority people.

Are you a design firm tendering for a museum or heritage exhibition contact? Are you lacking expertise in content and interpretation? We can partner up to ensure you can make a strong case for joined up content-led design and win those contracts with organisations with amazing collections.

I also offer copywriting and copyediting services for PR, exhibitions, publications and the web.

Freelance Registrar

I am also a seasoned collections registrar with a wealth of experience and contacts required to audit museum and archive collections, and set up and advise on the preparation of galleries and visitor and heritage centres to national and international standards.

I am a highly efficient negotiator with all the acumen needed to broker art, artefact and manuscript loans to organisations which might otherwise lack the knowledge and track record to meet the stringent security, indemnity and environmental requirements of hosting world-class objects and manuscripts.

I am dedicated to the cause of bringing nationally and internationally-significant artefacts to places where access to such collections is unfairly limited. I believe that the power of wonderful objects can contribute hugely to community wellbeing and sense of worth.

Community, Volunteer and Audience Development

I have a passion for developing engaging heritage projects that provide diverse audiences with attractive opportunities to communicate, learn and debate.

I offer services to research your communities, and communities of interest, whether they are digital or visiting audiences including strategies for canvassing opinion, collecting information and data to help you map where they are and what motivates their engagement.

I am an experienced programme planner that has creatively developed activity for a wide range of audiences including, skills-based placements and apprenticeships, history workshops, educational conferences, lecture and talks, co-produced and co-curated exhibitions, oral history projects, handling collections. I can also offer you advice on how best to recruit, involve and reward volunteer participation.

Heritage Research and Consultation

Do you need a Statement of Significance to champion the heritage-led potential of your collection or institution? Do you need to generate an evidence-backed narrative that makes sense to your stakeholders? Do you need to gather evidence for a Desk-Based Assessment or similar appraisal of an historic site?

If the answer to any of those questions is yes, then you need a qualified researcher with a peer-reviewed track record to undertake primary research (e.g. in archives), a review and analysis of documents, interview concerned parties and generate reports that will have the power to attract funding and backing from your stakeholders, and ensure due consideration is given to issues of diversity, access and equality.

My professional research interest is in diversity and minority heritage and their representation in national and local policy planning.

Practical heritage services based on real experience

The wide range of services I offer benefit from the culmination of a diverse range of experience in the museum, library, archive, historic environment, educational and voluntary sectors, both as a user and creator of high quality information.

My planning and development advice is all based on learning the good and the bad of past projects. I pride myself in keeping up to date the technical and specialist skills required in the museum heritage sector.

In 2006, I earned the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA) for developing my curatorial skills in 2006. Since 2014 I was appointed the Regional Representative for the South West to the Museums Association.

In 2009 I gained my PhD in History from the University of Southampton and I am currently a Research Associate at Swansea University.

In 2014 I co-founded #museumhour with Sophie Ballinger of Eureka Museum. It is Twitter’s weekly worldwide museum debate platform on Twitter and regularly starts trending.

My blog contains several articles and case-studies stretching back 10 years illustrating my commitment to heritage and history, with a particular passion for my adoptive homeland, Cornwall.

Find out more. Read Tehmina Goskar’s CV.

 

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