Traditionally, Museums have been places for the preservation of objects. Over the last two decades, the role of the public in the generation of cultural knowledge and the development of cultural experiences has been increasingly recognised. With this has come a change of professional practice. Using the St Fagans: National History Museum as a case study, David Anderson will explore how this change of philosophy may transform a much-loved Welsh institution.
David Anderson was appointed to Amgueddfa Cymru as Director General in 2010. Prior to that he was Director of Learning in the Victoria & Albert Museum London having previously held various positions in museum education. He is recognised as an authority on cultural strategy and arts education.
In 1999 he was awarded an OBE for services to museums and education. He has published widely including the UK Government report "A common Wealth: Museums in the Learning Age". He has been the advisor to the UK Government on a wide range of Initiatives including Culture On-Line, Creative Partnerships and a national museum and gallery education strategy. He is also the author of the best selling children's books "The Spanish Armada" and "Mutiny on the Bounty". From 2004 to 2008 he was also Co-Director of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, London’s first cultural quarter.