Holburne appoints new Director

A new director of Bath’s Holburne Museum has been appointed.

Jennifer Scott will take on the role, replacing Xa Sturgis, who has been at the Great Pulteney Street museum for the past nine years but leaves to become director of the Ashmolean Museum, in Oxford, in October.

Ms Scott comes from Royal Collection Trust where she has been a curator since 2004.

Prior to this she worked at the National Gallery, in London and National Museums, in Liverpool, and 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.

She gained her BA and MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and her publications include books on royal portraiture and Dutch and Flemish art.

She also 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.

Chairman of the Holburne trustees Richard Fleck 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.”

Ms Scott added: “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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