• Imogen Watts has been appointed a Senior Archivist at the British Motor Museum. Watts will be responsible for the overall running of the Archive department, looking after the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust’s nationally recognised, Designated collections of documents, film and photographs, as well as the Heritage Certificate service.
  • Professor Erma Hermens has been appointed as new Director of the Hamilton Kerr Institute, and Deputy Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum University of Cambridge.
  • The Museum of London has today announced the appointment of Douglas Gilmore to Managing Director of Museum of London Docklands.

Douglas Gilmore appointed MD of Museum of London Docklands

  • Emma Gilliland has been appointed as the curator of the Devil’s Porridge Museum in Dumfries and Galloway, in Dumfries and Galloway, having previously worked for the National Trust in London and Warwickshire.


  • Five drawings by Beatrix Potter have been loaned from the Armitt Museum in Ambleside to the V&A, ahead of February’s Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature exhibition.The exhibition will feature the scientifically-accurate drawings and watercolours alongside other work by the author, illustrator and conservationist. Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature opens on Saturday, 12 February 2022.
  • Maidstone Museum has announced a new exhibition, PANTS!, which will feature fifty items of the museum’s own existing collection of underwear, as selected by its collections team.The exhibition is the latest in its 2022 line-up ahead of its reopening next month. PANTS! runs from July 23 – December 17, 2022.
  • A new compact display of the impact of knives and violent crime has opened at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. ‘At the Sharp End: Tackling Violent Crime Together in West Yorkshire’ uses objects, evidence and first-hand accounts to highlight the effect of violent crime. It has been developed in partnership with the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) which is funded by the Home Office and run by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
  • The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is set to launch a new exhibition on codebreaking, cyber security and secret communications.Top Secret is coming to Bradford after runs at the Science Museum in London in 2019 and Science and Industry Museum in Manchester in 2021, principally funded by DCMS. Begins next month.
  • Stafford’s local history museum and art gallery The Brampton Museum is to partially reopen tomorrow. The first exhibition to be displayed will feature work from renowned local artist Arthur Berry. The exhibition of his work is the result of a collaboration between the museum and the Barewall Art Gallery in Burslem. From Saturday January 15th 2022.


  • £64,000 has been awarded to the The Bath Preservation Trust by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Bath-based astronomer William Herschel at The Herschel Museum, which is closed until next month. The new funding will be used to fund a year-long programme of events throughout 2022.
  • Wool-I-Am, the punny name given to Ipswich Museum’s mammoth, is to be given its own gallery after a £110,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation. This new gallery will present Wool-I-Am alongside related archaeological digs at Stoke Tunnel.
  • A £2.24 million grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund has been awarded to Poole Museum, which it said will be used to create an “outstanding cultural centre and community hub” by the Spring of 2024.

Poole Museum awarded £2.24m for major redevelopment project

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