The Trustees of the River & Rowing Museum are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Sarah Posey as the next Director of the Museum. Sarah Posey will be joining the Museum in June, having previously worked as Head of Collections, Interpretation & Learning at the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.
Sarah has a long and well established career in the museums and heritage sector, having worked for over 17 years at the British Museum before completing 12 years in her current role in Brighton & Hove. She will be taking over from Ludo Keston who stood down at the end of last year.
During her time in Brighton & Hove, Sarah has been responsible for the delivery of major Brighton Museum & Art Gallery exhibitions including ‘Biba and beyond: Barbara Hulanicki’, the opening of new galleries such as ‘World Stories’ and a pioneering collaborative partnership with Brighton Festival.
One of the UK’s leading independent Museums, the River & Rowing Museum has over 114,000 visitors a year. The Museum opened in 1998 to celebrate the River, the international sport of Rowing and the town of Henley on Thames. From 2004 a fourth permanent gallery, the delightful Wind in the Willows exhibition, was added and in 2016 a gallery dedicated to the work of modern British artist John Piper. The Museum runs a broad programme of special exhibitions and activities including lectures, children’s workshops and family events. The dedicated education centre runs innovative education programmes and the Museum accommodates 20,000 education visitors a year. Situated alongside the river in Henley on Thames, the building, designed by the acclaimed architect David Chipperfield, was designated Royal Fine Arts Commission Building of the Year in 1999.
Sarah is joining the Museum in its 20th year, and will be working with the Trustees and team at the Museum to plan the next 20 years of the Museum, leading a programme of gallery updates and refurbishment . It is an exciting time for the organisation, which has recently announced record visitor numbers. The year ending March 2018 saw an increase in visitors of over 35% on the previous year, with highlights including the current Barbara Hepworth exhibition, the Peter Rabbit family friendly summer exhibition and the ongoing popularity of the John Piper gallery.
Sarah Posey, Director, River & Rowing Museum “I am delighted to be taking up the post of Director at the River & Rowing Museum. The RRM is a special place – a striking building with distinctive collections and dynamic programmes, including outstanding work with schools. I am very excited to be joining the Museum as it celebrates its 20th anniversary and leading it in its next phase of development. I look forward to working with the Trustees and Museum team to build on its success and ensure that even more people can enjoy this jewel on the banks of the Thames.”
David Worthington, Chair of Trustees “I’m thoroughly looking forward to Sarah joining us. She brings a wealth of knowledge on how museums engage with audiences of all ages and interests and in the short time that I’ve known her, I’ve really enjoyed listening to her thoughts on how we move the Museum forward. I feel very confident that we have a bright future. I would also like to thank Molly Jackson who has guided the Museum through the recent interim period”
Visitors to the Museum this year can enjoy a wide variety of temporary exhibitions including ‘Approaching Thunder’ coming from Hepworth, Wakefield – a celebration of 1940s prints and drawings and featuring the art of John Piper and Henry Moore – and a summer family friendly extravaganza with the illustrations of Nick Sharratt in ‘Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants’.