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Oliver Barker appointed new director of Cape Ann Museum

Oliver Barker (inset) will serve as the new director of the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, the museum’s board of directors announced Thursday. On April 1, Barker will succeed Ronda Faloon, who’s retiring.

“This is a very exciting moment in the history of the museum, and I am delighted that Oliver Barker will be joining us as the Cape Ann Museum’s next Director,” Charles Esdaile, the president of the board of directors, said in a statement. “I am confident that Oliver’s unique combination of world class museum leadership experience and deep local knowledge will help to guide CAM through our next phase of growth.”


Barker, who lives with his family in Wenham, described his appointment as “a great privilege” in an interview with the Globe.

“The staff of the museum have done an amazing job of revolutionizing the museum and bringing it into the modern world,” Barker said. “And they’ve now got this strategic plan in place and a whole series of activities that will be launched.”

Among those activities, he cited the upcoming Winslow Homer exhibition in August, and future plans to help engage the community.

Prior to his appointment, Barker worked as a manager of government and international relations for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Lillian Brown can be reached at lillian.brown@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @lilliangbrown.