Mr Brian Oldman


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Brian was appointed Director of the South Australian Museum in January 2014 after an extensive international search. He has held senior executive positions in some of London’s most respected cultural and scientific institutions, having worked in transformative roles at the British Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the Zoological Society of London, and Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Brian had extensive leadership experience in industry before following his passion by entering the cultural sector. For five years, he was the Managing Director of the British Museum Company. He has successfully led dynamic programs to increase visitor numbers, linked institutional research to community programs, built collaboration within institutions and developed commercial income streams. In addition Brian has overseen successful major redevelopments.

In all his roles he has gained the confidence and respect of the curatorial, scientific and business communities, by demonstrating the capacity to juggle the core purpose of museums with ever-present commercial imperatives.


Professional Associations

Member, Council of Australian Museum Directors