Museum Moves 12 – 17th March 2022

Our weekly feature rounds up the latest updates in museum appointments, museum openings, funding and new exhibits from across the UK.


  • Malavika Anderson has been appointed Museum Manager at the Great North Museum: Hancock and will begin the role later this month.


  • The Prime Minister has reappointed Sir Charlie Mayfield as a Trustee of the British Museum for a four year term. Mayfield is chairman of QA Ltd and of Be the Business. Until 2020 he was Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, having previously served as Managing Director of John Lewis.


  • Durham Light Infantry Museum, which closed six years ago, is to be refurbished and reopened as an exhibition centre, gallery and hospitality venue. The location plans to display 15,000 objects from the regiment’s history since the 1750s and is currently seeking funding ahead of the county’s bid for City of Culture 2025.
  • The Bank of England Museum has announced it will re-open on Monday 4 April, having been closed since 2020 in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions.


  • A Ukrainian costume embroidered by a mother for her daughter to wear on stage during traditional dance performances is being prepared for display in Leeds. The costume has loaned it to the city’s museums service for an upcoming exhibition at Lotherton, an Edwardian estate, exploring the importance of evening dress and fashion.
  • In a first for the British Museum, a series of new acquisitions by emerging British artists will be the focus of a new exhibition. Drawing attention: emerging British artists will exhibit more than 20 new acquisitions by contemporary emerging artists many of which have never been displayed before. 17 March – 28 August 2022.
  • The Ashmolean has acquired 1085 Late Iron Age coins, accepted by HM Government under the Cultural Gifts Scheme from collector and scholar Dr John Talbot. The collection will appear in the Ashmolean Money Gallery in the special display, ‘From Julius Caesar to Boadicea – a century of Icenian coins’. Now – 2 October 2022.


  • London Transport Museum has been named Visitor Attraction of the Year at the 2022 London Tourism Awards.


  • The 14th round of DCMS/Wolfson Fund has been announced, English Museums and galleries can now apply for a share of £4 million in new funding from the fund, which has been allocated to improve displays and protect collections. Applications open from May 2022.


  • A total of 63 organisations are to receive a slice of £48 million new capital from the Government’s latest Cultural Investment Fund. £18.8m will be spent on museums as part of the Museums Estate and Development (MEND) Fund.