University of Melbourne appoints Director, University Museums and Collections

Rose Hiscock has been appointed Director, University Museums and Collections at the University of Melbourne. This new role will provide guidance and coordination to the University’s museums and galleries to showcase the University’s great cultural collections.

The University’s cultural infrastructure includes 15 galleries and museums, libraries, archives, major performing arts facilities including the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Union Theatre, and a significant art collection. Consolidating the four major galleries – the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the Buxton Contemporary in Southbank, the newly opened Old Quad gallery and Science Gallery Melbourne – under Rose’s leadership is the first step in the Cultural Commons, a program of work which plans to leverage the University’s cultural collections, including the performing arts, to increase their accessibility to students, scholars and to open them up to the broader community.

Rose Hiscock joined the University in 2016 as the inaugural Director of Science Gallery Melbourne. Part of the acclaimed Science Gallery International network and embedded in the University of Melbourne, the Gallery will open in 2020 as part of Melbourne Connect and be a dynamic new model for engaging young audiences with science. This new role will see an expansion of Rose’s current responsibilities – she will continue to have oversight of Science Gallery Melbourne and work with the directors of the Ian Potter Museum of Art and Buxton Contemporary to provide strategic leadership, and identify opportunities for scholarship and local and global engagement.

Rose Hiscock

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