Director of Birmingham Museums Trust steps down

Ellen McAdam is stepping down as director of Birmingham Museums Trust after almost seven years in the post.

McAdam had been due to step down in October but the board agreed to advance her retirement in order to care for a family member.

Dr Ellen McAdam said: “Leading one of the UK’s greatest regional museum services has been a unique and challenging experience. I would like to thank the team for their magnificent work and support over the last 6+ years and I wish all at Birmingham Museums Trust the best for the future.”

Since 2013, McAdam has led the independent museums trust during a period of change and progression.

Under her leadership BMT has earned an international reputation for programmes including its Collecting Birmingham project which encouraged the people of Birmingham to take an active role in developing the city’s museum collection.

Other significant milestones during the last six years include opening the innovative new mini city gallery ‘MiniBrum’ at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum co-curated with under eights; establishing the award-winning ‘Victorian Radicals’ international touring exhibition showcasing the city’s Pre-Raphaelite collection to audiences in the US; and laying the groundwork for major capital projects.

Chair of Birmingham Museums Trust, Niels de Vos, said: “I would like to thank Ellen for her work leading Birmingham Museums for nearly seven years. She has made an outstanding impact on the Trust and we will continue to build on her achievements. Everyone across the organisation wishes Ellen and her family well.

“This is a challenging time the sector, but we are now seeking chief executive to lead the development of a post Covid 19 vision and transform this already award-winning museums service into a modern, globally relevant visitor experience in the heart of Birmingham.”