The difference between my attic and the British Museum is that one is curated, whilst the other is full of junk. To be fair on the British Museum, they’ve got a lot more stuff than me to sort out…
Curation is about choosing your stage and gathering together the skills and capabilities that you need to perform.
Curation is a skill in it’s own right, and an agile one at that: just as the BM changes it’s displays over time, so too we need to adapt and bring on new scenery, new skills, new tools. A museum that doesn’t curate itself well becomes dusty and irrelevant: a risk that faces us all.
Great museums (and the British Museum is a truly great museum) find a stance that is informative, engaging, educational and challenging. Something we could all usefully emulate.