Trevelyan announces retirement

Geraldine Kendall, 06.09.2012
Head of Norfolk Museums Service steps down
Vanessa Trevelyan, the current president of the Museums Association and head of Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, has announced her retirement.

Trevelyan, 60, will step down from the service in April 2013 after a museum career spanning nearly 40 years. Her two-and-a-half-year term as MA president will also come to an end on 31 March next year.

Trevelyan joined Norfolk Museums Service in 1999 after previous roles at the V&A Museum, the South Eastern Museums Council and the Museum and Galleries Commission.

In her time at the service, Trevelyan oversaw a number of significant capital projects, including major redevelopments of Norwich Castle, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse and Bridewell Museum.

She also played an instrumental role in the creation of the £4.7m Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth, which opened to the public in 2004.

Earlier this year, Norfolk won its bid for £1.4m–a-year Major Partner funding from the arts council’s Renaissance programme. The funding will be available until 2015.

Trevelyan said: “I am immensely proud of what the team at the Norfolk Museums Service have been able to achieve for the people of this county.

“With all museums having been refurbished and improved in some way, funding lined up to help them over the next few years, and public satisfaction at such a high level I feel the time is right for me to retire.”

As MA president, Trevelyan ensured the museum sector had an independent voice at the highest level, telling culture minister Ed Vaizey at the 2011 MA conference to “get out more” if he thought cuts were not affecting frontline services.

MA director Mark Taylor said: "It seems highly appropriate that somebody who has served the museum sector for so long at all levels and in a such a range of organisations should finish her distinguished career as president of the Museums Association."

Elections for the next MA president will take place in early 2013.


The article initially stated that the next MA president would be announced in November 2012. This has been amended.