Dr Patrick Greene, who has recently retired as CEO of Museums Victoria, looks back over his 14 years in the role to discuss how museums have changed during that time, and looks ahead to future directions for the sector. Museums Victoria is the largest museum of its kind in Australia and encompasses the Melbourne Museum, the Immigration Museum, Scienceworks Museum, IMAX Melbourne and the Royal Exhibition Building. Patrick will address some of the issues of leading an organisation of such complexity.
Patrick is an adjunct professor in the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Program of Deakin University. Until recently he was CEO of Museums Victoria, a role he took up in August 2002. Under his leadership the organisation has become world-leading in several aspects of its practice. Prior to his move to Australia, Patrick directed the development of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester as part of the renewal on the city. His museum career began at Norton Priory in Cheshire, where he directed excavations on the medieval site and opened a museum to interpret the site and care for the artefacts discovered over the 12 years of the archaeological project. He is currently the Chair of the National Cultural Heritage Committee that advises the Minister for the Arts on Australian protected objects.