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WA State Library appoints Battye Historian

 

Fremantle resident Dr Kate Gregory has been appointed by the State Library of Western Australia as the Battye Historian.

 

Chief Executive Officer and State Librarian Margaret Allen said Dr Gregory’s significant experience in the history and heritage field would be an asset to the strategic development of the State Library’s J S Battye Library of West Australian History.

 

“Dr Gregory has worked in the roles of manager and curator in the museum sector. Her most recent position is with the WA National Trust as Historian,” Ms Allen said.

 

“Dr Gregory has managed oral history and cultural heritage programs, conducted historical research, developed conservation and interpretation planning and worked with diverse communities around the State.”

 

“This experience will be beneficial in progressing the work of the Battye Library.”

 

The Battye Historian provides leadership for the development of the Battye Library collections and services. Dr Gregory will be responsible for leading policy and research in heritage areas, developing partnerships and having oversight for the Library’s Aboriginal engagement programs.

 

Dr Gregory has also worked as museum manager and curator at the Claremont Museum and exhibitions coordinator at Fremantle Prison on the Escape! Fremantle to Freedom exhibition which toured nationally with Visions of Australia funding. Her first book, co-written with Andrea Witcomb, From the Barracks to the Burrup: the National Trust in Western Australia (University of New South Wales Press, 2010) was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards.

 

This year Dr Gregory was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Western Australian Museum. She has also served on the state committee of Museums Australia (WA) as president, vice president and secretary.

 

Dr Gregory started in her new position on Monday 14 January.

 

Dr Gregory replaces Dr Sarah McQuade who was recently appointed to the position of Director of Community, Learning and Discovery at the State Library.

 

The Battye Library, named after the first Chief Librarian James Sykes Battye appointed in 1894, collects and makes available all forms of materials produced in Western Australia, written by Western Australians, or relating substantially to Western Australia.

 

The Battye Library is part of the State Library located in the Perth Cultural Centre.

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