Posted on 23/08/2010
Professor Clive Gamble says becoming a trustee is an "unexpected honour."
Professor Clive Gamble from the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London has been appointed as a trustee of the British Museum by the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.
More than six million visitors pass through the doors of the British Museum every year making it the pre-eminent cultural attraction in Britain. The trustees are government appointments and their primary duty is to safeguard a collection of irreplaceable, fragile and internationally pre-eminent objects for the long term.
Talking about his memories of the museum Professor Gamble, who is the UK’s foremost archaeologist investigating our earliest ancestors, says: “I can remember very clearly my first visit to the British Museum and the Egyptian galleries; huge statues, some of them chipped by time and in those days a human burial on public display. Irresistible objects. I was helpless in their presence. My imagination was fired-up and my interest in the past took off.”
“Becoming a Trustee is both an unexpected honour and a wonderful opportunity to make sure that 10-year-olds, and indeed all visitors to the collections, will always be enthused by what they encounter. Being responsible for the care of seven million objects from all parts of the world and every period, beginning with my speciality in the Old Stone Age, is a great challenge to have. A challenge that brings together all the work I have done in geography and archaeology when crossing continents and chronologies to find out more about our global history”, he added.