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Ready, Set, Curate by Editor Allison Anderson, Editor Ben Betts

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INTRODUCTION

Ben Betts and Allison Anderson

If you wander the neo-Gothic halls of the Natural History Museum in London, you will come across fascinating stories as told through objects collected over thousands of years. A curator has painstakingly mined the archives on your behalf, finding artifacts, fossils, photographs, and paintings; anything that could help to tell a story. By transforming these very different objects into a compelling exhibition, a gifted curator can engage you in an apparently seamless narrative. The curator’s role is to help us, the viewers, make sense of the individual pieces in a wider context. Individually, the objects reveal a minor part of the puzzle. Collectively, they are worth more than the sum of their parts. ...

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