Carol Seigel, director of the Freud Museum London, will retire this summer after 13 years at the helm of the historic house museum in north London and will be replaced by Giuseppe Albano PhD, MBE.
Previously curator and director of the Keats-Shelley House in Rome since 2011, Albano executed the museum’s strategic plan and led major fundraising campaigns that raised funds for new acquisitions, investment projects and restoration. While there, Albano also designed an educational outreach program at the Keats-Shelley House for refugees in Rome.
As regional coordinator of the Associazione Nazionale Case della Memoria – an association of Italian historic house museums – Albano has forged partnerships with institutions in the UK, Italy and across Europe.
In recognition of his active involvement in numerous cultural initiatives with the UK Embassy in Rome, including the Queen’s annual birthday party held in various Italian cities, he was awarded an MBE in the Honors List 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honors for UK-Italy Relations.
Albano said of his new role, “I am delighted to join the Freud Museum and I am particularly attracted by the opportunity to set the direction for the future of the Museum. I have visited the Freud Museum and know that it provides an excellent and enriching experience for visitors. It is an honor for me to help ensure that the Museum thrives in the post-Covid world”.
Outgoing director, Carol Seigel, said: “In Giuseppe Albano, the Freud Museum has acquired a director with fantastic experience in the heritage sector and a pair of sure hands at a critical time in the future of the museum. Giuseppe has extensive experience in developing a historic house museum, attracting funding, while taking a collaborative approach to building relationships inside and outside the Museum. I wish him luck and hope he enjoys being here as much as I do! “.
Sue Prevezer, Chair of the Board of the Freud Museum London, said of Seigel: “It is thanks to Carol’s tireless work during the pandemic years that the museum has emerged safely and well placed to relaunch its plans. ambitious for the future. Before the pandemic, under Carol’s tenure, this little ‘hidden gem’ at 20 Maresfield Gardens NW3, was quietly built by Carol into one of London’s top independent museums, hosting over 30,000 people a year who would visit to Sigmund and Anna Freud. home from all over the world.
The historic North London house museum was the final resting place of the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, and his daughter Anna, a pioneer of child psychoanalysis.
The Freud family arrived in England as refugees, having fled Austria following Nazi annexation in March 1938. The heart of the house is Sigmund Freud’s study and his famous psychoanalytical couch. Freud spent the last year of his life on the pipe and died in his study at Maresfield Gardens NW3.