David Anderson OBE, Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru, awarded UWTSD Honorary Doctorate


David Anderson OBE, Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru has today (Monday, 8 July) been awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Literature) by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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David Anderson was appointed to Amgueddfa Cymru as Director General in 2010. Prior to that he was Director of Learning in the Victoria & Albert Museum London having previously worked at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and the Royal Pavilion and Museum in Brighton. 

Last week, it was announced that St Fagans National Museum of History had won the 2019 Art Fund Museum of the Year award, beating the V&A Dundee design museum and Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum to the annual £100,000 prize. The recipient is the first Welsh museum to win the award. St Fagans is Wales’s most popular heritage attraction, with 684,000 people visiting in the year to March 2019.  On receiving the Honorary Doctorate today, Mr. Anderson OBE commented:

“It’s a very special award for me because I started my career as a history teacher and 40 years ago I was sitting in the same place as the students are today, not being sure what my life would bring afterwards, but knowing though that I wanted education and learning to be a part of it.   Coming to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the Centre for Teacher Education and having the opportunity to be a part of today’s ceremony has been a very moving experience for me.”

David is recognised as an authority on cultural strategy and arts education. In 1999, he was awarded an OBE for services to museums and education. He has published widely including the UK Government report "A Common Wealth: Museums in the Learning Age".  From 2004 to 2008, he was also Co-Director of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, London’s first cultural quarter. 

Presenting David Anderson OBE to the congregation was Professor Dylan Jones, Dean of Yr Athrofa: Institute of Education.  He added:

“If you ever had an image in your minds of a stereotypical museum director; that of a tweed waring, leather patched, shy, retiring individual shut away from the real world then David definitely does not fit the bill.

Born in Belfast, David is recognised as an authority on cultural strategy and arts education. In 1999 he was awarded an OBE for services to museums and education.

Traditionally perhaps people have thought of Museums as curators of a dead past, devoid of relevance in an ever changing world, but David has done more than most to shatter this illusion and preconception.

He is not afraid to speak about controversial issues and has caused a stir among political circles following some honest and heartfelt contributions to public discourse in the past.”

From 2013 to 2015, David was President of the Museums Association.  He is currently a member of the Board of Creative and Cultural Skills and on the Advisory Council of the British Council in Wales.

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