Jewish Museum director Rickie Burman leaves today after 28 years with the organisation to take up a post in the National Gallery’s development department.
A highlight of her tenure was a £10 million redevelopment, tripling the size of the Camden premises and creating new exhibition galleries. She was responsible for securing designated status for the museum, recognising the national and international importance of its collections.
Ms Burman’s election as a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts reflected her “influential directorship and valuable contributions to the cultural life of the UK”.
“It has been a real privilege to work with so many talented and dedicated staff, volunteers, friends and donors,” she said. “I look forward to watching the museum flourish.”
Chief executive Abigail Morris pledged to build on Ms Burman’s work — which extended to rescuing precious artefacts from East End skips — “to offer an inspirational programme for the future. It is always sad to say goodbye to someone who is such an integral part of an organisation but I know that Rickie will continue to support us.”