Kevin Sumption was appointed Director and CEO of the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) in February 2012 after holding high profile leadership roles in cultural institutions in Australia and abroad. Kevin was one of the founding curators of the ANMM in 1991.
Kevin’s international career has focused on developing the digital landscape of cultural institutions for more than 20 years, covering museum management, exhibition curation, program development, maritime heritage and digital cultural content.
Kevin previously spent five years in London at the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich where he was Director of Exhibitions and Programs, responsible for the redevelopment of the museum's digital learning facilities and outreach service.
Prior to this, Kevin was the Associate Director of Sydney's Powerhouse Museum for eight years, directing the creation and management of innovative digital outreach services, interactive content for exhibitions and digital media education services for schools and specialist audiences. He also led the strategic management of the Australian Commonwealth Government's online portal service Australian Museums On Line (AMOL) for three years.
Kevin’s return to the ANMM marks a transition point for the museum experience from static to experiential, with initiatives such as the stand out 12 million dollar multi-media museum experience Action Stations, which opened late 2015, plus the Architectural Projection Waves of Migration, among numerous others. These projects have enhanced contemporary audience engagement, using digital content and effects, while highlighting the importance of maritime history to our Australian cultural heritage.
Kevin has been a lecturer for over 18 years at the University of Technology, Sydney in Design Theory and History, covering Digital Media in Cultural Institutions, Digital Curatorship, Interactive Media, Constructivist Design History and Research Methodology. He attained esteemed academic accolades with the Getty Leadership Institute Museum Management Program from the University of California plus the Service, Innovation, Executive Education Program and the Advanced Leadership Program from the University of Cambridge Business School. Kevin completed his Masters of Arts and attained First Class Honours.
Kevin is a well-known international speaker and is sought out as a category expert to write papers on cultural institution mobile learning, interactive media and digital content. He has presented and published multiple papers including his thesis work published in The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments, covering web-based Museum education outreach, along with other published works.
Kevin Sumption has spent many years holding positions on influential boards and governing bodies relating to maritime museums and digital content internationally. These include currently serving on the UNESCO World Heritage KAVHA Advisor Board, Norfolk Island; the Executive Board for the International Congress of Maritime Museums; the Organising Committee for the Seventh IMEHA International Congress of Maritime History; and the Executive Program Committee Member for International Cultural Heritage Informatics. In addition, Kevin is a current member in Australia of Museums and Galleries NSW; The Executive Program Committee for Museums and the Web, plus the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) “Expert of International Standing” assessing education technology research applications from Australian universities.
Kevin has been awarded with the recent Dibner Prize from the Society of the History of Technology – John Hopkins University for the Exhibition Cyberworlds: Computers and Connections for digital interpretation, education and community engagement.
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