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1st May 2012
Professor Ann Sumner has now taken up the position as Director of the new Birmingham Museums Trust.
Professor Sumner is an experienced museum professional who has been Director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the
Professor Sumner is now tasked with leading the new body responsible for running all of the outstanding venues within the new trust, which includes
Honorary Aldermen Len Clark, Chairman of Birmingham Museums Trust comments, “We are delighted to be welcoming Ann to the organisation. She brings with her a wealth of experience in the arts sector, along with great expertise in promoting culture at a regional and national level. We are delighted to have Ann on board to drive the new organisation forward.”
Professor Sumner said, “I am honoured to be heading up this new family of museums. This is the beginning of an exciting new era for the museums and historic venues in
The new Birmingham Museums Trust is the largest museums service in the
The new 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
Professor Sumner continues, “Our first major challenge as a new Trust has arisen with the opportunity to acquire a major 'swagger' portrait of the eminent
Professor Sumner is on the steering group for the National Gallery’s Advisory Committee for Research on European Paintings; a member of the curatorial and academic committee of Ironbridge Gorge Museums; on the Museum and Gallery Committee for Aberystwyth School of Art; on the Committee for the Leverhulme Prize for Art History; and on the steering group for the proposed lawn tennis museum in Edgbaston.
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