SHC Autumn Series on Independent museums in the UK
Session 2: A presentation by Chris Stephens, director, The Holburne Museum, Bath
TODAY, 8 OCTOBER 2020 AT 6.30 PM (BST)
In the UK, some independent museums are currently at risk of closing down when their collections contribute to the richness and diversity of our heritage. SocHistColl is dedicating an autumn series to independent museums and their collections to encourage everyone to look beyond national collections. Our second session is a presentation of the Holburne Museum in Bath by its current director Chris Stephens. A collection of over 4,000 objects gathered by Sir Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874), it was bequeathed to the people of Bath by his sister in 1882 and has been open to the public since 1893.
Chris Stephens has been Director of the Holburne Museum, Bath, since July 2017. Before that he worked at Tate in London for twenty-one years, for much of that time as Head of Displays at Tate Britain and Lead Curator of Modern British Art. His numerous exhibitions include some of the Tate’s most successful shows, such as ‘Barbara Hepworth: Centenary’ at Tate St Ives in 2003 and, in London, ‘Francis Bacon’ (2008), ‘Henry Moore’ (2010), ‘Picasso and British Art’ (2012) and ‘David Hockney’ (2017). As a leading expert on modern British art, he has published extensively and his book – St Ives The Art and the Artists was published in 2018.
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