New Museum director

The Hong Kong Maritime Museum has marked 2021 with the appointment of the renowned historian, Joost Schokkenbroek, as its new director. From the Netherlands, Schokkenbroek is currently executive director at the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Canada and is also an emeritus professor of Maritime History & Heritage at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

With his fine credentials, Schokkenbroek has been tasked with navigating the HKMM through a transformative period. He holds MA and PhD degrees in maritime history from Leiden University in the Netherlands and is the former chief curator of Het Scheepvaartmuseum (The Dutch National Maritime Museum) in Amsterdam (1991-2017). He has been visiting professor at (among others) Cornell University, Tufts University, Middlebury College, Higher School of Economics Saint Petersburg, Tokyo University and brings close to 35 years of experience in the field of museum leadership and maritime heritage.

Schokkenbroek has published books, papers and lectured widely on maritime material culture, and the extensive historical ties based on maritime trade between the West and the East and particularly with China, Japan and Indonesia. He will formally take the helm at the HKMM on the 1st of March 2021. He succeeds Richard Wesley who is returning to Australia, after ten years in the post.

“The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is fortunate to have met Dr Schokkenbroek during our quest for a successor to Richard Wesley,” said Richard Hext, chairman of the HKMM. “The HKMM Board and Trustees were especially impressed with Dr Schokkenbroek’s ambition for the institution, his excellent international network and his interest in creating new partnerships to expand the study of maritime history, which explains so much of Hong Kong’s commercial success,” said Hext.

Schokkenbroek will also lead the development of the Museum’s new Swire Marine Discovery Centre, a transformational initiative by the Swire Group Charitable Trust, which will open in 2022 and focus on ocean conservation and marine science education.


About Hong Kong Maritime Museum

The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is an independent, non-profit registered charity supported by the shipping industry, the business community, private individuals and the Hong Kong SAR Government. It attempts to tell the story of Hong Kong’s relationship with the sea.

The Museum opened its door to the public at Murray House in Stanley in 2005 and relocated to
Central Pier 8 on the waterfront in 2013. It displays over 1,200 objects in 15 galleries, attracting about 130,000 visitors annually. The HKMM also houses various event spaces, a resource centre, its rooftop (social enterprise) Café 8 which enjoys wonderful harbour views, and a gift shop. For more information contact Abbie Hui

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