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Holburne director to lead Ashmolean Museum

Alexander Sturgis takes over for Christopher Brown, who steps down in September after 16 years at the post

Alexander Sturgis

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has named Alexander Sturgis as its new director. Sturgis joins the institution from the Holburne Museum in Bath, where he has been the director since 2005. Under his leadership, the Holburne underwent an £11.2m extension completed in May 2011 that added a sleek glass gallery to its back façade. Though the plan initially met with opposition from traditionalists who disliked the contemporary design, critics praised the building on its completion.

Sturgis takes over for Christopher Brown, who steps down in September after 16 years as director. Brown oversaw a £61m rebuild of the museum and attendance figures that increased from around 350,000 visitors per year to more than a million after the opening of the expansion. He is due to take a research professorship at the University of Oxford following a year’s sabbatical.

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