After taking the Portrait Gallery from a twinkle in Jeanette Howard’s eye to a key National Institution there were high hopes Andrew Sayers could turn around the National Museum of Australia.
Sadly he’s announced his resignation effective 1 July 2013:
“I have worked at cultural institutions in Canberra since 1985 and retain a great affection for the city and its special place in the cultural life of Australia. I leave the Museum confident that the reputation of the Museum as the home of our national treasures is one of which we can all be proud. Professionally, I have enjoyed making a contribution to the Museum, yet, as many couples have discovered a ‘commuter relationship’ is not ideal,” said Mr Sayers.
The Chairman of the Council of the National Museum of Australia, Mr Daniel Gilbert, AM, paid tribute to the outgoing Director; “Andrew has made a very significant difference to the National Museum of Australia during his time as Director – he has improved its operational productivity and efficiency. The Museum’s visitor numbers have grown and he has made changes to the look and amenity of the Museum, making the visitor experience more engaging. Importantly, he has developed exhibitions from the Museum’s own collection,” said Mr Gilbert.
During his time as Director of the National Museum, Mr Sayers has been responsible for a major building expansion program that has included displaying more of the Museum’s large objects in the entrance hall, a new and exciting cafe precinct and an eye-catching new wing to allow for more exhibition space for the Museum’s growing collection.
We look forward to seeing who takes up the baton.