Prestigious appointment for University Librarian

Stella Butler, the University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, has been appointed chairwoman of a significant Arts Council England (ACE) panel.


Dr Butler has been chosen as the chair of the ACE Designation Scheme panel, which recognises pre-eminent collections in non-national museums, libraries and archives throughout England and designates them as being of national significance and quality.

Examples of these vital collections include those relating to William Wordsworth in Grasmere; the art and design collection at Westminster libraries and archives and the Mary Rose Tudor warship in Portsmouth.

ACE Director Scott Furlong said:  “At the Arts Council we are passionate about collections and the way they enrich our lives. The Designation Scheme is a visible assertion of our belief in their enduring value. This is a really exciting time for the Scheme and we are particularly pleased to announce that Dr Stella Butler will be joining us as the newly appointed Chair of the Designation Panel. She brings an exemplary background of experience, a deep commitment to the importance of collections and tremendous enthusiasm for the Scheme and the collections recognised by it. We welcome Stella warmly and very much look forward to working with her.”

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