The Prime Minister has appointed Ian Blatchford to succeed Andrew Scott CBE as Director of the National Museum of Science and Industry. Mr Blatchford’s appointment starts from 18 October 2010.
Ian Blatchford has been the Deputy Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum since December 2004 and has worked for the museum since April 2002 when he joined as Director of Finance & Resources.
He started his career in the City, working at the Bank of England and the merchant bankers Barclays de Zoete Wedd, before the joining the Arts Council, where he was Deputy Finance Director. He then joined the marketing and design agency Cricket Communications as Financial Controller before becoming Director of Finance at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1996.
He read law at Mansfield College, Oxford and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
He also holds an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.
He is a Governor of De Montfort University and a Trustee of the London School of Osteopathy.
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About the National Museum of Science & Industry
The NMSI family of museums presents and cares for some of the greatest collections of their kind in the world. The group comprises the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon, and the National Media Museum in Bradford. The six million artefacts under its stewardship cover the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, transport, visual media and related arts. They range from Crick and Watson’s original DNA model to Stephenson’s Rocket, from the Flying Scotsman to John Logie Baird’s original television apparatus. Each year NMSI museums attract a total of over four million visitors. NMSI is an executive non-departmental public body whose parent body is the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.