British Museum gets a new leader

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Dr. Nicholas Cullinan OBE has been appointed as the new Director of the British Museum, following the unanimous approval of the Board of Trustees and the agreement of the Prime Minister. With a wealth of experience and a track record of transformative leadership in the art world, Nicholas is set to spearhead a new era for one of the UK’s most prestigious cultural institutions.

A Visionary Leader in the Making

Nicholas Cullinan is renowned as one of the UK’s most esteemed museum directors, having steered the National Portrait Gallery to new heights since April 2015. His tenure at the Gallery marked a period of significant change, characterized by a complete re-presentation of the Collection and a substantial redevelopment of the building that expanded public space by a fifth. Prior to his role at the National Portrait Gallery, Nicholas curated exhibitions at renowned institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Tate Modern in London, showcasing his international perspective and innovative approach to curation.

Embracing a New Chapter at the British Museum

Taking the helm from Interim Director Sir Mark Jones, Nicholas Cullinan steps into the role with a clear mandate for progress and innovation. George Osborne, Chair of the British Museum, expressed utmost confidence in Nicholas’s ability to lead the institution into a transformative phase. Osborne remarked, “Nicholas Cullinan brings proven leadership today and great potential for tomorrow. His remarkable achievements at the National Portrait Gallery have earned him universal acclaim, and we believe he will continue this legacy at the British Museum.”

A Message of Excellence and Collaboration

In accepting his new position, Dr. Nicholas Cullinan shared his excitement for the future of the British Museum, stating, “It is an honor to become the next Director of one of the greatest museums in the world.” He emphasized his commitment to fostering engagement and collaboration within the institution, ensuring that the British Museum remains at the forefront of cultural dialogue on a global scale.

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer commended the appointment, highlighting Dr. Cullinan’s successful tenure at the National Portrait Gallery and expressing anticipation for his vision at the British Museum. Frazer stated, “I look forward to Nick sharing his vision for the Museum and ensuring its magnificent collections are enjoyed for generations to come.”

As Dr. Nicholas Cullinan prepares to embark on this new journey at the British Museum, the arts community eagerly anticipates the innovative transformations and collaborative spirit he will bring to this iconic institution.

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