Medal awarded to Kevin Sumption, leading Maritime Museum into a new age
The Australian National Maritime Museum has proudly announced that its leader Kevin Sumption, has been awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List over the weekend for his outstanding work as Director and CEO.
Established in 1989, the Public Service medal recognises the outstanding service of Australian, state, territory and local government employees.
Since his appointment in 2012, Sumption has been leading the charge in rebuilding both international and domestic visitor’s connection with our maritime history through new and inspiring experiences, exhibitions and initiatives.
In the citation from His Excellency the Governor-General, Sumption was recognised as an outstanding Director of the Museum.
“Over the past five years he has introduced substantial reforms to maximise the Museum’s sustainability, impact and relevance. He has value added to key areas, in particular revenue generation, increased visitation and expanded outreach, and has raised awareness of Australia’s Indigenous maritime history.
He has been a major contributor to the museum sector in Australia, and the United Kingdom, and has taken a leading role in the areas of management, major infrastructure development and digital programming.
Mr Sumption has also been proactive in raising the profile of the sector through his membership of state, national and international committees, including Museums and the Web, Expert of International Standing Australian Research Council, Australian Representative on the Digital Cultural Content Forum, International Congress of
Maritime Museums, Museums and Galleries NSW, and Advisory Committee Kingston and Arthur Vale Historic Area, Norfolk Island.”
Peter Dexter, Chairman of the Australian National Maritime Museum said of the achievement, “I am absolutely delighted that the Governor-General has recognised Kevin’s achievements and commitment to the museum sector in this way. Since Kevin was appointed Director, the museum has gone from strength to strength and, having recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, I am confident that his leadership will see it having many more successful years.”
Kevin Sumption is internationally renowned for his wealth of knowledge and experience in design and museum management. With numerous degrees and awards under his belt, he has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious museums and institutions, including Australia’s Powerhouse Museum and the United Kingdom’s Royal Museums Greenwich.
This award follows the successes of 2016 which saw the Museum receive a slew of awards, an extraordinary achievement placing it amongst the top of the list of must-see national cultural institutions.
The Museum received the silver award for Major Tourism attraction at the prominent NSW Tourism Awards, Best Educational Game for The Voyage in the 2016 SAE ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Awards which also received a Museums and Galleries Australia award and a NSW Imagine award, the Best Display category award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival Awards in Berlin for its cutting edge attraction, Action Stations and the National Commercial/Industrial Construction Award – $5 million to $10 million (Stephen Edwards Constructions Pty Ltd) for the Warships Pavilion which houses Action Stations.
Under the leadership of Sumption, the Museum has evolved into a multifaceted and dynamic institution, combining rich history and culture, innovative technology and superb design.