New Director Appointed

The Holburne Museum Announces Appointment of New Director

The Trustees are very pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Scott to succeed Alexander (Xa) Sturgis as Director of the Holburne Museum.

Jennifer comes from Royal Collection Trust where she has been a curator since 2004. Prior to this she worked at the National Gallery, London and National Museums, Liverpool. Jennifer has curated a number of major exhibitions for The Queen's Galleries in London and Edinburgh, The Bowes Museum County Durham and The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels.

Jennifer Scott
Jennifer Scott, Photograph Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Jennifer gained her BA and MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Her publications include books on Royal Portraiture and Dutch and Flemish Art. Jennifer became a welcome and familiar face when she worked with the Holburne team on one of the Museum's most popular exhibitions ‘Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: Paintings from the Royal Collection' in 2013.

Richard Fleck, Chairman of the Holburne Trustees said: ‘We are delighted to announce Jennifer's appointment as Director of the Holburne Museum. Jennifer has the energy, imagination and leadership to succeed Xa Sturgis and ensure the continued success of the Museum as it moves to the next stage of its development.'

Jennifer Scott said: ‘After ten happy years at Royal Collection Trust, I am excited to be appointed as Director of the Holburne Museum. Xa Sturgis has led the museum with ambition and flair through its spectacular renovation. I look forward to working with the team of staff, volunteers and trustees to continue this momentum, building on the Holburne's reputation for cultural excellence.'

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For further information please contact:
Katie Jenkins, Communications Manager, the Holburne Museum tel 01225 388547 email k.jenkins@holburne.org

NOTES

After nine years at the Holburne, Xa Sturgis was appointed to succeed Christopher Brown CBE as Director of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford earlier this year. He takes up his post there on 1 October.

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)
Tel: 01225 388569 | email: enquiries@holburne.org | www.holburne.org
Admission to temporary exhibition £6.95 | Concessions
In Partnership with Bath Spa University

Royal Collection Trust, a department of the Royal Household, is responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and manages the public opening of the official residences of The Queen. Income generated from admissions and from associated commercial activities contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational programmes. Royal Collection Trust's work is undertaken without public funding of any kind.

The Royal Collection is among the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. It comprises almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, and is spread among some 13 royal residences and former residences across the UK, most of which are regularly open to the public. The Royal Collection is held in trust by the Sovereign for her successors and the nation, and is not owned by The Queen as a private individual.

 

Published on: 20/05/2014