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Glasgow Museums Head is new Director of Birmingham Museums

Glasgow Museums Head is new Director of Birmingham Museums

26th July 2013

Birmingham Museums Trust has today announced the appointment of Dr Ellen McAdam to the position of Director.

Dr McAdam is currently Head of Museums and Collections for Glasgow Life and will take up her new post with Birmingham Museums in the autumn. After reading archaeology at Edinburgh and Oxford, Dr McAdam undertook post-doctoral research in museums in the Near East, UK, USA and Europe, and was Research Fellow of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq. Returning to Britain, she worked for a number of heritage organisations before joining Glasgow Museums in 2001. She has lectured and published widely on Near Eastern and British archaeology and is an Honorary Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow.

Like Birmingham Museums Trust, Glasgow Life has a large portfolio of nine museums and is home to an internationally significant collection, housed in attractions including the Burrell Collection, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Riverside Museum. Glasgow Life has had charitable status since 2007

Honorary Aldermen Len Clark, Chairman of Birmingham Museums Trust said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Ellen to the organisation. Her vast knowledge and experience of the museums and heritage sector will be invaluable and we look forward to her leading Birmingham Museums Trust into the next phase.”

Dr McAdam said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a collection of international significance, fantastic venues and a highly skilled team. Birmingham is a great city with an exciting cultural offer, and I look forward to exploring it”.

Birmingham Museums Trust is the largest museums service in the UK to go to Trust status, and was established in April 2012 to encourage greater collaboration across all venues: Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Blakesley Hall, Museum Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle.

The independent trust is focused on sustaining and developing key partnerships within the city, regionally, nationally and internationally, in order to deliver excellence in audience-focussed museum services, and meet the needs of Birmingham communities.

For more information on Birmingham Museums and the events and activities at all venues, visit www.bmag.org.uk

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