Museum Moves 12th – 18th February

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


  • Elizabeth Selby has been appointed Interim Director of Dorset Museum and the Dorset and Natural History and Archaeological Society by the Society’s Board of Trustees, following the departure of former Executive Director Dr Jon Murden in December.


  • The People’s Palace in Glasgow which closed in March 2020 due to pandemic – is to fully reopen for seven days a week, reports parent charity Glasgow Life.

  • A multi-million pound refurbishment of Hull’s Maritime Museum has begun after it secured investment from Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The museum is expected to re-open in early 2025.


  • Da Vinci and Caravaggio are among the artists featured in an exhibit at Unit London – but the artwork will be displayed in ‘NFT’ form via digital screens.

  • A new exhibition documenting the historic cooperation between Soviet Russia and its Western Allies during the second World war is set to go ahead in Liverpool at the end February at Liverpool’s Western Approaches HQ Museum, which hopes to “build deeper links between the two cities and highlight cultural links between the UK and Russia”.

  • An illustrated prayer book featuring a poem handwritten by the young Mary, Queen of Scots, is to go on display at the National Museum of Scotland. From Thursday 31 March.
  • The National Gallery has revealed initial proposals for works to create a world-class welcome to the millions of visitors it receives each year. To mark its Bicentenary in 2024, it is to deliver a “diverse programme of exhibitions and events across the UK under the banner ‘NG200’,” as well as launching a suite of capital projects.
  • Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History has announced a new exhibition by artist and environmentalist, Kurt Jackson. ‘Biodiversity’ includes 40 artworks, shown alongside specimens from the Museum’s collections, and with reflections from environmental and zoological researchers at the University of Oxford. 3 February – 15 May 2022.