It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our revered colleagues and friends, IATM ex-Board member Kimmo Antila. His loss at so young a moment in his career is felt deeply by all his colleagues and represents a great loss to the museum and cultural communities.
Kimmo had a very successful career in the museum, university, and state offices domain. He was a lecturer at the Finnish University Network for the History of Science and Technology (2002- 2006) and the project manager for Museum Centre Vapriikki (2006-2012), including the project lead and curating for Tampere 1918, Museum of Finnish Civil War (EMYA 2011 special commendation). He worked as a CEO of the Finnish Postal Museum Foundation and Tampere Collection Hall Ltd (2012-2022).
Kimmo served as a Board member for the International Association of Transport Museums from 2019 to 2022 where his innovative approach and dedication were very much an asset to the Board. In addition to his tenure on the Board of IATM, Kimmo was a member of the Board of the Finnish Museum Association, a Board member for the Finnish Society for the History of Technology (2004-2017), ICOM-CIMUSET (2010-2016) and a member of the EMYA judging panel from May 2016 to January 2021.
Kimmo was a tireless supporter to the IATM where his dry sense of humour, extensive expertise, and no-nonsense approach to getting things done was much appreciated. We will miss him.