Appointment of a new Director for the National Maritime Museum

Lord Sterling, Chairman of the National Maritime Museum Trustees, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Kevin Fewster as Director of the National Maritime Museum.

Lord Sterling, Chairman of the National Maritime Museum Trustees, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Kevin Fewster as Director of the National Maritime Museum. Kevin Fewster starts in his new post at the National Maritime Museum on 3 September 2007. Dr Margarette Lincoln becomes Deputy Director.


Dr Fewster has been Director of the Powerhouse Museum, Australia's largest museum, for the past seven years. He is a significant figure in the international maritime museum community and a published historian. He started his museum career as the inaugural Director of the South Australian Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide. Then from 1989-99 he was the first Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney. He was the inaugural Chairman of the Council of Australian Maritime Museums and Vice President, then President (1996-99), of the International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM), the world body for maritime museums.


Lord Sterling comments, 'The National Maritime Museum is already the pre-eminent museum in its field and the Royal Observatory is world-famous. Nonetheless, we all strongly believe that with the potential of digital technology and the development of our key archive plans we now have the opportunity for the National Maritime Museum as a whole to become truly global. Dr Fewster's experience, abilities and vision will meld extremely well with our aspirations and I very much look forward to his working with us all in the coming years.'


Dr Fewster says he looks forward to joining the skilled and enthusiastic staff at Greenwich: 'I have been very impressed by the strides that the National Maritime Museum has made over recent years and I'm understandably excited to be coming over to join the team. The next few years are bound to be important ones for the Museum, both in its own right and as part of London's drive towards the 2012 Games.'


Margarette Lincoln joined the Museum in 1988 and has held a number of positions, including Deputy Head of Education and Head of Research. She was made a Divisional Director in 1998 and since then has held the positions of Director of Research and Collections and Director of Research and Planning.


Dr Lincoln said, 'I greatly look forward to working with Dr Fewster to progress key projects, such as improving public access to our archival collections, and to supporting his plans for a dynamic public engagement programme.'


Lord Sterling said, 'I strongly believe that the leadership of Dr Kevin Fewster, supported by Dr Margarette Lincoln will prove to be very positive as the museum moves forward.'


For further information: contact Sheryl Twigg at the National Maritime Museum Press Office on 020 8312 6790/6732 or email stwigg@rmg.co.uk


Dr Kevin Fewster AM, FRSA


Dr Kevin Fewster was appointed Director of the Powerhouse Museum in January 2000. He was previously the inaugural Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum from 1989-99. Prior to this, he was the inaugural Director of the South Australian Maritime Museum from 1984-89. From 1996 to 1999 he was the President of the International Congress of Maritime Museums.


Before his museum career, Dr Fewster taught at the University of New South Wales, RMC Duntroon (Canberra) and Monash University (Melbourne). He is the author of two books, Gallipoli Correspondent; the Frontline Diary of C E W Bean and A Turkish View of Gallipoli, Canakkale which he co-wrote. He has also published many articles and conference papers. In 1988 he was awarded an Esso Arts Administration Fellowship which allowed him to work at Mystic Seaport Museum in the USA for several months.


Dr Fewster has also worked in film, being in charge of production of Stop the Drop, a music festival and television documentary which won the United Nations Association Media Peace Prize in 1983.


He holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Australian National University, Canberra. Dr Fewster was made a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2001 for service to museum administration, and to the preservation of maritime history. A former President of the Darling Harbour Business Association, he is currently Chairman of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors and a Director of the Collections Council of Australia.


Dr Margarette Lincoln


Dr Margarette Lincoln currently heads the museum’s academic and research programme and leads on a range of key initiatives and projects, including the museum’s digital strategy programme and capital archive project. She is also responsible for management and income generation related to collections services, publications, picture library and licensing. She has published a range of monographs and peer-reviewed articles and is Executive Editor of the Journal for Maritime Research.