Conversations, conservation and curatorship

Published : Fri 31st Mar

Andrew Morrison gives us his insight into curatorship at the National Trust

How long have you worked for the Trust and what attracted you to the role?

I started working for the National Trust in July 2016. I sensed that a new approach to curating and interpreting the fabulously rich and varied combination of vernacular buildings, landscapes, historic houses and their collections was afoot. It was too good an opportunity to miss!

What makes working at the National Trust in Curatorship different?

Curators here are about discovering and sharing the distinctiveness of places – it’s all about finding the stories and details that make our places so special. We are consultants who advise and support fabulously creative teams of conservation, operational and audience-focussed colleagues. I can find myself, within a single week, working with coastlines, managed or designed landscapes as well as spaces and objects that can reveal a great deal about modern life.

What’s the most exciting project that you’ve worked on during your time at the Trust?

In a short period of time I have been given a number of opportunities to start to look afresh at some intriguing questions. They range from detailed object research into who really developed the world famous Nostell baby house through to working with external partners on the exciting possibilities of encouraging social change through creative programmes inspired by the Pennymans of Ormesby Hall. 

What’s your favourite thing about your role?

Personally, it’s about learning new things and then distilling these into potent questions that can create a smile on someone’s face! This leads to some great conversations!

Tell us something surprising about working as a Curator for the National Trust.

Tweed is not a necessity – though it is warm!  

To find out more have look at our Curation page.