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Auckland Museum appoints new Director

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Professor David Gaimster arrives in March to begin his role as Director of Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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Professor David Gaimster has been appointed to the role of Director of Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Currently the Director of The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow, David Gaimster is an experienced museum director and academic with extensive knowledge in the museum and cultural heritage sectors. The Hunterian is both Scotland’s largest university museum service and the oldest museum in Scotland.

His career spans more than 25 years in senior roles in national museums, in central government policy making on cultural property, and as the CEO of a national Learned Society and conservation charity.

“The Trust Board is delighted to appoint Prof. Gaimster to this critically important role,” says Trust Board Chair Dr William Randall. “After a rigorous search, we are confident David is eminently qualified to lead this Museum along its planned growth path and to build on the great strides that Future Museum has already delivered for the Museum and the Auckland community.”

Future Museum is the Auckland Museum’s 20 year strategy endorsed by the Trust Board to meet the needs of an ever-growing and diversifying city.

“Increasing the accessibility of Auckland Museum’s internationally significant collections is a key platform underpinning Future Museum,” Prof. Gaimster says. “Enhancing public access to collections - material, intellectual and digital - resonates strongly with me.”

“I am very much looking forward to joining the team at Auckland Museum, to lead its continued trajectory of creating a museum fit for Auckland’s future.”

Former Director Roy Clare concluded his tenure at the Museum on 16 December 2016. He and his wife Sarah have returned home to the United Kingdom.

With Professor Gaimster’s arrival expected in late March, COO Heather Harris is fulfilling the role of Acting Director during the interim period, supported by an experienced senior executive team.

“The focus is very much on business as usual,” Dr Randall concludes. “We have great confidence in the competency of our staff and the platform that Future Museum has established.”

Professor Gaimster will be joined in Auckland by his wife Amy and young family.