Museums, Galleries, Collections and Heritage Institute (MGCHI) Annual Lecture
Monday 17th February 2020, 18:00, School 3.
David Anderson, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales
“The challenges of cultural democracy: St Fagans National Museum of History”
David Anderson was appointed to Amgueddfa Cymru as Director General in 2010. Prior to that he was Director of Learning in the Victoria & Albert Museum London having previously worked at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and the Royal Pavilion and Museum in Brighton.
St Fagans National Museum of History, one of the seven museums to make up Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, was the winner of the 2019 Art Fund Museum of the Year award, the largest single museum prize in the world.
During its £30 million redevelopment, the museum engaged with 720,000 people to shape the museum’s transformation, reflecting the museum’s aim to found its work on principles of cultural democracy, and to create history ‘with’ rather than ‘for’ the people of Wales. David Anderson, Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales will talk about the challenges and rewards of this way of working with the public.
David is recognised as an authority on cultural strategy and arts education. In 1999 he was awarded an OBE for services to museums and education. He has published widely including the UK Government report “A Common Wealth: Museums in the Learning Age”. From 2004 to 2008 he was also Co-Director of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, London’s first cultural quarter.
From 2013 to 2015, he was President of the Museums Association. He is currently a member of the Board of Creative and Cultural Skills and on the Advisory Council of the British Council in Wales.
His lecture on Monday 17 February, 18:00, School 3 entitled “The challenges of cultural democracy: St Fagans National Museum of History” is open to the public and will be followed by a wine reception in the School of Art History, 79 North Street.