Museum Moves 21 – 27 July 2023

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

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The Prime Minister has reappointed Sir Guy Weston and Professor Margaret MacMillan as trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Weston, who is Chairman of the Garfield Weston Foundation, has been appointed for a 4 year term commencing 3 November 2023 to 2 November 2027. MacMillan, emeritus professor of International History at Oxford University, Appointed for a term of 3 years and 4 months from 1 October 2023 to 31 January 2027.

Arts Marketing Association (AMA) has announced that Director of Result CIC, Jane Cordell, will be the new Chair of its board. Cordell has been an AMA board member for five years and succeeds Tim Wood in the role. Cordell is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University and has previously won a Manchester International Women’s festival award for Business of the Year for promoting and improving opportunities for women. She brings governance experience from a variety of roles including five years as Chair of DaDaFest (Disability and Deaf Arts).


The National Railway Museum’s largest new gallery in more than a decade opens to visitors today. ‘Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery’ is housed in the museum’s 1,500m² former locomotive workshop building next to its Great Hall, and will offer 18 interactive exhibits with an engineering, science and railway theme, installed around several original workshop features.


A new museum exploring religion and faith in Britain is set to open later this year in County Durham. A new museum exploring religion and faith in Britain is set to open later this year in County Durham. The Faith Museum in Bishop Auckland will open to visitors in October, housed in a custom-built extension, constructed using local sandstone and designed by Níall McLaughlin Architects.


The Kilmartin Museum in Argyll, Scotland, has announced it is to reopen next month, Sunday 3 September 2023, after a major £7m refurbishment. The museum will reveal to visitors a major extension, which has joined together its two existing buildings to create one large facility.



An exhibition organised by the National Gallery in London and Sheffield Museums has opened at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield. ‘Dutch Flower Paintings: Exploring Art in Bloom’ includes ten examples of Dutch flower painting from the National Gallery, with works by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, Rachel Ruysch and Jan van Huysum to go on display alongside examples from Sheffield’s own collection. The exhibition also includes a series of modern and contemporary floral works, and a new commission by Sheffield-based artist, Kedisha Coakley exploring the links between the historic flower trade and empire, as well as range of family-friendly activities. Runs until 17 September 2023.

Opened this week, The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from The Natural History Museum in London, is now on display at Dorset Museum Runs until 29 October 2023. Alongside the display of 100 photographs of the natural world, the museum has built an events programme around the exhibition offering an animal trail, talks and a photography workshop for adults. Runs until 29 October 2023.

New contemporary works of art collected by Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales are now on show in gallery display ‘New Collections’ at National Museum Cardiff. The display brings together a broad range of contemporary artworks acquired for the national collection in the last five years and will be changed every six months to enable the museum to showcase new works acquired.

The first major UK exhibition to map the design evolution of the skateboard comes to the Design Museum in October (pictured above). Sponsored by shoe brand Converse, ‘Skateboard’ is curated and designed by author, designer, and skater Jonathan Olivares. Rare and unique skateboards will go on display, alongside wheels, safety equipment, VHS tapes, DVDs, magazines and ephemera, charting the sport’s evolution. Opens 20 October 2023.

An exhibition of Vivienne Westwood clothing and accessories, built around a private collection, has opened at The Bowes Museum. Private collector Peter Smithson has been collecting Westwood items for more than 25 years, and these items will be put on display alongside the museum’s collection to contextualise the historical references in Westwood’s work. ‘A Collector’s Story:A Private Collection Of Vivienne Westwood’ runs until 4 February 2024.

Shetland’s maritime heritage will be at the heart of Shetland Museum and Archives’ summer programme, with a series of themed exhibitions, displays and workshops highlighting an aspect of Shetland’s seafaring history. Among the exhibits to be displayed by the museum, which is managed by Shetland Amenity Trust, is a restored model schooner, built in the early 1940s, in the foyer space as part of the display ‘Nordwind: Fine Lace Sail’.


The National Lottery Heritage Fund has unveiled details of the more immediate plans in its 10-year strategy, Heritage 2033. Its first delivery plan sets out how, across the next three years, it aims to invest a total £1 billion.