Paul Rees is Director of the National Motor Museum. He decided to work in the museum sector after spending time at Arts SA as the Manager of Cultural Heritage.
This role exposed me to the world of museums and collections and I sort of fell in love with the sector. I love history and most importantly, the ideas and the stories.
Paul was History SA’s client manager at Arts SA
…it was a bridge to government role as one person put it and she was right.
Directing the National Motor Museum
Paul relishes the challenges of running ‘the 50 year old museum icon’.
I particularly enjoy the special relationships with motor history enthusiasts and the many community clubs and organisations throughout the country. The collection at the Museum is mainly LMOs, large moveable objects, which have their many challenges!
I would not classify myself as a car or bike person. But I love beauty and design and I appreciate these more when they are realised in functional objects like cars or bikes or even a well-made bowl or piece of clothing. I used to ride a Vespa, so style over substance is important to me! I used to drive a 2CV around Europe, so quirkiness and eccentricity are also important to me.
With this perspective Paul is enjoying taking a fresh look at how the National Motor Museum presents history.
Paul has not wasted any time getting new projects underway at the National Motor Museum since his arrival.
My proudest moment to date at History SA is securing a significant arts grant to explore motoring culture and video gaming. I am also very proud of the staff and volunteer teams at the Motor Museum and the efforts they all put in to making the Motor Museum a welcoming and vibrant place for visitors.
Getting to know Paul
Asked what colleagues at History SA might not know about him Paul’s response was:
I’m a bit of a horror and sci-fi enthusiast …’so say we all’. Nerds will get that! I was in a punk band in Wales, but couldn’t play an instrument to save myself! A highlight of my professional life so far was was working on a hip hop documentary in the early 1990s in the US (mainly New York). I met heaps of the greats of what’s now called ‘old school’ hip hop.
We expect to hear more about your musical career at the next History SA meeting Paul!