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Museum announces new Director

Museum announces new Director

29 July 2010

On Friday 30 July the People’s History Museum will say farewell to Dr Nick Mansfield, Director at the museum for the past 21 years. 

With the museum only re-opening a few months ago after a £12.5 million redevelopment, it will now welcome a new Director to lead the team who have delivered the project.

Katy Archer will start as Director on Monday 9 August.  She comes from a museum background having worked in the sector for the last 12 years; starting out at the National Railway Museum in York before taking up posts at the Royal Engineers Museum, Leeds Museums and Galleries and most recently the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham.

Katy’s previous post in Nottingham was Director of the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL); the educational division of the Galleries of Justice Museum which operates on a regional and national scale. Katy’s role as Director was to provide strategic direction and vision for NCCL, to oversee the programme of award-winning learning services and to lead the fundraising and business development activities needed to sustain this independent museum in the East Midlands. During her time in Nottingham Katy successfully secured funding from local government for commissioned services and from national government for NCCL’s work at the Galleries of Justice as well as for the planned creation of a National Centre for Citizenship in London in 2011.

Katy Archer said;
“I am extremely excited to be joining the People’s History Museum as Director at such a significant time in the museum’s history and development.  It is the start of a new era for the museum where we will be building on the successes of the past and looking forwards to new opportunities for development and growth.  With our new and improved building, galleries, exhibitions, learning services and resources, as well as our fantastic collections, our library and archive and our conservation studio; we have everything in place for the museum to take its place at the forefront of the sector in the North West and nationally.  I’m looking forward to working with the team to make this happen!”

Nick Mansfield joined the People’s History Museum in 1989. He was responsible for the opening of its first premises at 103 Princess Street and the development of its Textile Conservation Studio and the Labour History Archive and Study Centre. This included the acquisition of the collections of the Labour Party, the Communist Party of Great Britain and the Department of Work and Pensions. In 1994, the museum opened its second site at the Pump House and earlier this year the £12.5 million refurbishment and enlargement was completed. During Nick’s time, the museum became accredited and its collections were ‘designated’ as nationally important.  A respected historian as well as a museum Director, Nick is leaving the People’s History Museum to pursue an academic career and has been appointed Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.