- Manchester Museum has announced author Anita Sethi as its first ever Writer-in-Residence. Sethi will run a series of free workshops, the first of which will focus on the links between writing and wellbeing.
- Staying in the city, Manchester Jewish Museum has announced Gareth Redston as its new CEO, taking over from predecessor Max Dunbar who stepped down in December 2021.
New CEO announced at Manchester Jewish Museum
- The Museum Association (MA) has appointed three board members. John Hansard Gallery’s Communications Curator Dianna Djokey has been re-elected, having first joined the board in 2019. Freelance curator and collections consultant Kathleen Lawther and OnFife’s Head of Cultural Heritage & Wellbeing Christine McLean have joined for the first time.
- An RAF Chinook helicopter is the latest vehicle to be added to the Royal Air Force Museum, where it will go on display for the first time. The helicopter, which has been in service since 1978, will form part of planned commemorations to mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands War.
- The National Railway Museum has announced it will not go ahead with its planned exhibition ‘Trans-Siberian: The World’s Longest Railway’, following the Ukrainian invasion.
National Railway Museum cancels Trans-Siberian exhibition amid invasion of Ukraine
- The London Transport Museum is opening the doors of its Museum Depot in Acton Town for visitors to discover its collection of transport posters dating from around 1905. The four day event will run between Thursday 21 April to Sunday 24 April.
- A new display at World Museum, ‘Benin and Liverpool’, has been developed in collaboration with five Liverpool residents of African descent, to bring “absent voices and new narratives” to the presentation of the museum’s collections from Benin City in southern Nigeria. It is part of the #WMWhereNext campaign, and will contribute to the ongoing discussions about World Museum’s colonial collections. The display opens 18th March 2022.
- Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum has received a six figure donation from a local philanthropist which is hoped to increase its local reputation. Worcester resident Professor Rolf Olsen made the donation to boost its collection of art works. The donation will be used to purchase new works of art and lay the foundations for a new gallery within the Foregate Street building for the City’s art collection.
Local philanthropist makes major donation to Worcester Art Gallery and Museum
- Tate Liverpool is among 27 organisations in Liverpool to receive a share of a £2.1m funding boost as part of the Cabinet’s Culture & Arts Investment Programme.