New National Museum of Australia Director

20 February 2014

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Mathew Trinca as the new Director of the National Museum of Australia. Dr Trinca’s appointment is for five years.

Since July 2013, Dr Trinca has been the Acting Director of the National Museum of Australia and he has excelled in that role. I am delighted that he has been appointed to the position following an extensive recruitment process.

Dr Trinca brings strong leadership, expertise and personal drive that will continue to strengthen the Museum’s important role of preserving and promoting the national collection to connect all Australians with our social history.

Dr Trinca is published in the area of Australian history and is a highly respected leader in his field. He has a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in History from the University of Western Australia.

Having served at the National Museum since 2003, Dr Trinca and has been a key contributor to its development. Before becoming the Acting Director he was the Assistant Director, Collections, Content and Exhibitions from 2006 to 2013; and was Senior Curator of Collections and Gallery Development from 2003 to 2005.

Most recently, Dr Trinca has overseen the presentation of Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists, an exhibition at the Museum of Indigenous bark paintings, and he is currently working with the British Museum on the upcoming Encounters exhibition that will open in 2015.

Prior to the National Museum, Dr Trinca worked in management and curatorial roles at the Western Australian Museum from 2001-2005.

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