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Between 2019 and 2020 I circulated a survey amongst curators working with ethnographic collections in the UK*. The aim was to establish the ethnic composition of the curatorial workforce, its socioeconomic background, and typical routes into curation. The survey was a response to the widely held assumption that the workforce was overwhelmingly white and upper middleclass, and that unpaid volunteer positions represent the most common means of starting off a career in curation. I also trailed a programme which invited anthropology master's students who identified as BAME or who had no family history of higher education to spend a day with a curator leaning about what the job entailed.

The rationale behind my research was to establish with quantitative means some of the lived experience shortcomings of the curatorial workforce and to propose the beginnings of a methodology through which to address these shortcomings.

*Crowley, Tom. Forthcoming. Surveying the Ethnicity and Socioeconomic Backgrounds of Ethnography Curators.

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