The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum’s has a new Executive Director with quite an impressive résumé! The River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society recently appointed Linden Roberts to the position, which she began in late April. She has spent her career working in museums throughout the world. Most recently, she worked for We The Curious in Bristol, England, but she has also worked at Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Alberta Museum, Body Worlds, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Her global experience includes everything from exhibit design to project management.
Roberts will be a great asset to the museum, and she is also enthusiastic about her new role. Roberts said, “I’m excited about this position. We have a motivated, qualified and dynamic team here, which I hope to build on. I’m here to help the museum reach its potential. This facility is an investment in Northern Alberta.”
Roberts prior experience gives her a good perspective of how unique and important the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum really is. She said, “No other museum offers quite this opportunity. There’s a real bone bed nearby for visitors to truly experience paleontology. The Museum is about this place, not a portal to somewhere else. There is also active, ongoing research.”
In addition to the physical geography around the museum, it also has the benefit of being near the youthful population of the Grande Prairie area. Roberts plans to keep an intergenerational experience at the forefront of the museum’s mission. She also plans to strengthen the museum’s financial position and prominence as a regional attraction and tourist destination.
We wish Roberts well in her new position, and look forward to seeing how the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum will continue to engage the community and beyond!