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Holburne Announcement

January 23, 2014

23 January 2014
Holburne Museum Announcement

The Holburne Museum is proud to announce that Dr Alexander Sturgis, who has been the Museum’s Director since 2005, has been appointed as Director of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He will take up the post on 1 October 2014.

This is a most prestigious appointment and represents an unequivocal acknowledgement of all that has been achieved at the Holburne Museum under Dr Sturgis’s inspirational leadership.

Richard Fleck, Chairman of Trustees, said “During his time at the Holburne, Xa has overseen the much admired renovation of the Museum, including the design and building of the new extension. He has ensured the development of the Museum’s reputation for exceptional exhibitions, such as ‘Presence’, ‘Rembrandt and his Contemporaries’ and ‘Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond’ which opens this week; balanced by displays of the innovative and exciting work of young artists and craftsmen. He leaves the Museum at a time when its reputation has never been higher and we wish him every success at the Ashmolean.”

Xa Sturgis, Director of the Holburne, commented, “It is a huge honour to be given a chance to lead the Ashmolean however hard it will be to leave the Holburne after eight exceptionally happy and eventful years. There is much I will miss about the Holburne perhaps above all, its wonderfully committed and energetic staff and volunteers who have helped the Museum achieve so much in the time I have been here.”

The Trustees are taking steps to recruit Dr Sturgis’s successor and will make an announcement as soon as appropriate.

Enquiries: Katie Jenkins, Communications Manager, the Holburne Museum
Tel 01225 388547 | k.jenkins@holburne.org
Richard Fleck, Chairman of the Trustees
Mobile: 07795 027674


The Holburne Museum houses an important art collection formed by Sir William Holburne in the nineteenth century, which includes paintings, silver, sculpture, furniture and porcelain of national and international significance. Artists in the collection include Gainsborough, Guardi, Stubbs, Ramsay and Zoffany.

The Museum reopened in May 2011 after ambitious renovations and a new extension by Eric Parry Architects. The Holburne has fast gained a reputation as one of a number of outstanding regional museums in the UK.
• Winner of the Museums & Heritage Award for the re-display of the permanent collection.
• Winner of RIBA Building of the Year, south west.
• Winner of the Civic Trust’s Michael Middleton Special Award for a restoration/extension project within a conservation area.

The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB
Open daily, free admission 10am to 5pm (11am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays)

In Partnership with Bath Spa University

Published on: 23/01/2014