Luke Syson appointed director of Fitzwilliam Museum

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 17.10.2018
Syson to join institution from the Met in New York
The new director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has been named as Luke Syson.

Syson will join the Fitzwilliam from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where he is currently the Iris and B Gerald chairman of European sculpture and decorative arts.
Prior to moving to the Met, Syson was curator of Italian painting and head of research at the National Gallery in London. He has also worked at the British Museum, where he curated coins and medals, and at the Victoria and Albert Museum as curator of its medieval and Renaissance collections.

The Fitzwilliam is about to embark on its Museum Masterplan, an ambitious project to develop the museum over the next five to 15 years, which Syson will lead.

Stephen Toope, the vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge, said: “I am delighted that Luke will be the new director of the Fitzwilliam Museum. His depth of experience will be vital in developing the academic and strategic direction of the university’s largest museum.”

Syson replaces Tim Knox, who left the museum in February to become director of the Royal Collection.