Museum Moves 8th – 13th April 2022

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


  • Manchester Museum has appointed Hannah Hartley as its Environmental Action Manager, a new position for the museum. Hartley’s role is hoped to bring environmental action to all areas of the museum, and will involve leading the museum’s sustainable practices and “developing narratives and programming in response to the climate and ecological crisis”.



  • The West Midlands Police Museum has reopened in a new location, boasting areas once housing the real Peaky Blinders. The cells in Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, are now open to visitors following a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £1m.
  • The Bank of England Museum has reopened to visitors after two years, having been closed since 2020 in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Poole’s Old Lifeboat Station Museum has reopened to visitors after full refurbishment.
  • Scottish football team Kilmarnock FC has unveiled its official museum at Rugby Park. The Kilmarnock FC Museum is to be opened following the success of an exhibition it held as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations. Supporters will have the chance to visit the Museum when it opens to the public during the close season, with more details still to be announced.
  • The Yorkshire Museum has reopened after a closure during winter which allowed York Museums Trust to repair the building’s roof. The museum reopened on April 8th 2022 with a new exhibition of Roman objects, ‘The Ryedale Hoard: A Roman Mystery’.


  • The Museum of London has unveiled ‘Grime Stories: from the corner to the mainstream’, a new display honoring the music, people and places central to the music scene and its roots in east London. Co-produced by one of grime’s early documentarians, Roony ‘Risky’ Keefe, the display features a series of newly commissioned films that explore the community at the heart of grime’s success, a large-scale illustration from artist Willkay and personal artefacts from the MCs and producers who developed grime’s unique sound. Opening Friday 17 June 2022.
  • A new exhibition of Japenese prints by Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) is to be unveiled at Lady Lever Art Gallery this weekend. The exhibition is a follow up from the Gallery’s previous exhibition Edo Pop. Sixty-eight of his hand-printed single, double and triptych prints will feature at the exhibition which runs from 15 April 2022.
  • ‘Keeping It Local’ is a brand-new exhibition at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. It will look at the impact that buying local has had on manufacturers and producers, and how money spent locally benefits communities. From 2 April – 18 September 2022.
  • The experiences of women in a time of war and the value and comfort of everyday items is brought to life in a new exhibition at the Museum of Oxford. Curated by Rana Ibrahim, founder and director of the Iraqi Women Art and War (IWAW) group, the Of Ordinary Things exhibition runs from now until 24 September 2022 and features artwork made by members of the Oxford-based group, Rana herself, and her sister Nibal. 


  • Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has announced that 39 museums and galleries across Scotland have been awarded over £1 million in funding from the Scottish Government.


  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has announced a £4m investment in the glasshouses of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.


  • Weymouth Museum has been awarded a £99,000 development grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to expand its activities, including workshops on local history. The museum, which is currently undergoing refurbishments, will open a temporary site in early May.
  • A restoration project of Preston’s Harris Museum is expected to begin next month. The council is expected to allow Conlon Construction to begin work on the building, including extensive repairs and the removal of its mezzanine level. Council and DCMS funding of £6.3m will fund the repairs, part of a larger £10m project called ‘Re-imagining the Harris’.
  • Ceredigion Museum in Wales has been awarded £115,894 development funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a project to explore how collections can create community in the coastal county.