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SAM appoints Adam Moriaty as Dir Collns

Media Release, South Australian Museum transformation commences with key appointments, South Australian Museum, 2 February 2024

The South Australian Museum has today announced the appointment of digital transformation leader Adam Moriarty as its new Director of Collections and Research. The appointment represents a key step in the reimagining of the Museum as a vibrant and contemporary museum for the 21st century, both locally and globally.

Adam Moriarty announced as the new Director of Collections and Research, South Australian Museum.

Museum CEO Dr David Gaimster said Adam’s appointment will help the Museum in its ambition to connect communities, start conversations and share knowledge and ways of knowing across generations and cultures.

Mr Moriarty will bring two decades of experience in cultural heritage and research management to the Museum’s leadership team, most recently as Head of Collection Information and Access and Acting Head of Collection Care at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum.

“The Museum is absolutely focused on transformation, physical and virtual, over the next few years,” Dr Gaimster said.

“Adam’s experience in world-leading digital open access initiatives will help us connect our collections with researchers and communities around the world in fresh and exciting ways.”

The Museum welcomed more than 786,000 visitors in the last financial year making it one of the state’s most visited attractions. It is South Australia’s earliest collecting institution and one of the oldest museums in Australia.

The Museum holds one of the largest collections of natural and cultural history in Australasia, including the most extensive collection of Aboriginal cultural material in the world.

Dr Gaimster said the Museum will shortly embark on a program of stakeholder and public consultation to ensure it is meeting the needs of its multiple audiences and providing relevant and contemporary services to the public.

Mr Moriarty will begin in his new role in March 2024, with the Museum to make further announcements about its transformation vision in the near future.

The Museum is also pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Miller to the South Australian Museum Board. Mr Miller is Group CEO, Miller Dental Group and a Co-founder of the Australian Dental Foundation. A member of Oxford Business Alumni and MBA qualified, Brett has international experience as a consultant to government, NGO and businesses within the healthcare sector including National Health Service (UK), and has held senior roles at Business SA.

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