Ann Sumner

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Ann Sumner
Alma mater
Occupation Museum / Gallery Director
Employer Bronte Society
Known for Art curation

Ann Sumner is executive director of the Bronte Society[1] and a former director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham, England[2] (from October 2007–May 2012[3]),and was the first director of the Birmingham Museums Trust, comprising the merged Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Thinktank from May 2012[3] until January 2013.[1]

Sumner studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, University of London,[3] and obtained a PhD in History from Newnham College, University of Cambridge.[3]

She started her career at the National Portrait Gallery, London and has held curatorial positions at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Harewood House Trust, and the Holburne Museum, Bath.[3] Before her job at the Barber Institute, she was Head of Fine Art at National Museum Wales, for seven years.[3]

Her specialist areas of interest are 17th-century British portraiture and miniature painting, 18th-century British portraiture and landscape painting, French 19th-century painting, and the art of Wales.[2]

She is a member of the Steering Group for Pre 1900 European Paintings Specialist Subject Network, a Trustee of the Methodist Art Collection of Modern Art, a member of the panel from the Leverhulme Art History Prize 2010,[2] and sits on the Curatorial Advisory Group for the Ironbridge Trust.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Ann Sumner resigns as director of Birmingham Museums Trust". Museums Association. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Barber Institute of Fine Arts". Barber Institute. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Coleman, Geoff (2012-02-15). "Birmingham Museums Trust appoints first director". Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 15 February 2012.