Museum Moves 19th – 25th February 2022

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

Museum Moves 19th – 25th February 2022


  • Reyahn King, currently CEO of York Museums Trust, is to take up a new position as Director of Heritage Properties at the National Trust for Scotland this summer.


  • The Bowes Museum has announced Hannah Fox as its Director from May 2022. Fox is currently Director of Projects and Programmes at Derby Museums.


  • The Vagina Museum is to open its doors again next month in new premises in Bethnal Green. It had previously been forced to close its bricks-and-mortar location at Camden Market for six months.


  • Manchester Museum has announced it will reopen its doors to the public in February 2023 after closing in 2021 for the final phase of a £15 million building transformation. More on this story below.


  • Plans for the opening of a new art gallery in a former Cumbria museum have been given the go-ahead. Maryport Maritime Museum is set to move to Christ Church, leaving the former museum ro be converted into an art gallery and exhibition space with a flat for an artist in residence.
  • A disused phone box has been transformed into a new museum dubbed ‘Kent’s smallest. ‘The Rolvenden Layne Sound Museum’ opens next month and will reveal its first exhibition, ‘I Remember’. It will use an MP3 player within the phone box to play visitors the voices of local villagers describing life in the 1930s and 40s.


  • The Museum of London Docklands has announced its new exhibition ‘Executions’, which will explore how public executions shaped Londoners’ lives and the city’s landscape. Opens October 2022.
  • Arguably the most well travelled dinosaur skeleton in the UK is to briefly return home to the Natural History Museum in London from May 2022. As part of a free temporary installation until the end of the year, ‘Dippy Returns: the nation’s favourite dinosaur’, will see the return of the 26m diplodocus skeleton to the museum.


  • A pop-up museum featuring over 100 items that have been found in the town of Millom in Cumbria are to be displayed at an event organised by the Millom and District Local History Society. Objects from the Neolithic to Victoria era will be displayed at Holy Trinity on March 5th.


  • Grants, of up to £25,000, designed to support projects with a particular interest in working class histories, have been announced by Historic England. Community-led and people-focused projects that aim to further the nation’s collective understanding of the past will be considered.


  • Redditch Local History Museum has received a £22,500 grant from ArtFund to improve the public’s access to local history through a community-based outreach programme focussed on engagement with young people.