Margaret Birtley joined Deakin University in 1994 and, since 2000, has designed and delivered the Museum Studies program together with colleagues from the Cultural Heritage Centre in the Faculty of Arts. She has been course director of the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies programs since 2003.
Professor William Logan, Director of the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific said:
“We are sad to lose a colleague who has played a key role in developing the centre and its programs, a devoted academic and a great friend. Nevertheless the position as inaugural CEO of the new Collections Council of Australia is a great opportunity for Margaret and one that could not be missed. We congratulate her wholeheartedly and wish her great success in the position as well as in the move to Adelaide where the CCA is to be based. We will maintain close working links with Margaret and continue to benefit from her professional expertise.”
The Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies suite of courses has recently been re-accredited for the next 5 years, and there is a strong cohort of new students enrolled to commence in February 2005 bringing the total number of students in Australia and overseas to almost 200. Professor Logan will stand in as course director until such time as a permanent replacement for Margaret Birtley is made. New staff will be brought into the Cultural Heritage Centre team to take up Margaret’s units, and students will continue to enjoy close working relationship with other team members involved in course design and teaching and with museum links.
1. Collections Council of Australia media release
2. Collections Council of Australia Terms of Reference
3. More information on Margaret Birtley
Australia ICOMOS offers sincere congratulations to Margaret – we look forward to working with her in this important new role.