Three experienced museum staff have been appointed to the
Otago Museum collections and research team, after an
international recruitment search.
Robert Morris has been appointed as director, collections and
research; Migoto Eria as curator Maori; and Nyssa Mildwaters
as conservation manager, museum officials announced
Museum director Dr Ian Griffin said the appointments
reflected the museum's new strategic focus on its collection
and on boosting numbers of collection-related staff.
Dr Griffin told an Otago Museum Trust Board meeting yesterday
there had been many high-quality applicants and there was a
''buzz'' in the wider museum community about the museum's new
Mr Morris, who is head of collections at the South Australia
Museum in Adelaide, will take up his role full-time in
Dunedin from August 4.
He had had more than 25 years' experience in curating,
collection management and exhibition development in major
museums in Australia, the UK and Europe and would lead the
Otago collections and research team as it expanded and
evolved, museum officials said.
Ms Eria is the inaugural curator Maori at MTG Hawkes Bay, the
Napier-based Museum Theatre Gallery, and will take up her
Dunedin post on June 30.
She would bring wide exhibition experience and cultural
understanding to several projects, including the planned
redevelopment of the museum's Tangata Whenua Gallery,
Ms Mildwaters, who is conservator at the Royal Armouries
Museum in Leeds, England, takes up her Otago post on August
She had a strong background in conservation practices and
management, and had published research papers on several
conservation-related topics, including dealing with corrosion
in museum collections, officials said.