The Holburne Museum’s Director – Dr Alexander Sturgis – is leaving. He has been appointed Director of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and will take up his new post later this year. Dr Sturgis has been at the Holburne since 2005.
Richard Fleck, Chairman of Trustees, said “During his time at the Holburne, Xa has overseen the much admired renovation of the Museum, including the design and building of the new extension. He has ensured the development of the Museum’s reputation for exceptional exhibitions, such as ‘Presence’, ‘Rembrandt and his Contemporaries’ and ‘Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond’ which opens this week; balanced by displays of the innovative and exciting work of young artists and craftsmen.
He leaves the Museum at a time when its reputation has never been higher and we wish him every success at the Ashmolean.”
Xa Sturgis, Director of the Holburne, commented, “It is a huge honour to be given a chance to lead the Ashmolean however hard it will be to leave the Holburne after eight exceptionally happy and eventful years. There is much I will miss about the Holburne perhaps above all, its wonderfully committed and energetic staff and volunteers who have helped the Museum achieve so much in the time I have been here.”
The Trustees are taking steps to recruit Dr Sturgis’s successor and will make an announcement as soon as appropriate.