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Dr David Gaimster

Deputy Chair CAMD & CEO

David Gaimster is an experienced museum director and academic with extensive knowledge in the museum and cultural heritage sectors. His career spans more than 25 years in senior roles in national museums.

He has also worked in central government policy-making on cultural property and as the CEO of a national Learned Society and conservation charity.

He has organised several major exhibitions that have toured internationally and has published extensively on medieval to early modern European archaeology and material culture, museology and on international cultural property policy. He also has experience leading major capital projects in London and Glasgow.


The South Australian Museum has been committed to making Australia’s natural and cultural heritage accessible, engaging and fun for over 165 years. It is a place where families can learn and grow together. The Museum is renowned for its world-class natural history and cultural collections.

The Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material, with over 3,000 artefacts on display, and the culturally significant Yuendumu Doors. The South Australian Biodiversity Gallery brings into sharp focus the land and marine wildlife of South Australia, with touch screens, interactive elements and a wealth of information. Other galleries include the Pacific Cultures, Megafauna, Opalised Fossils, Polar, Ediacaran, Minerals and the Ancient Egyptian Room. The ever-popular Discovery Centre on level one contains a wealth of information and direct access to the collections, with staff available for identification of objects and assistance with research.

The Museum presents a vibrant program of temporary exhibitions including the prestigious biennial Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize and the stunning annual Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition which tours nationally.

All photos courtesy of the SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM