New director for The Bowes Museum – Art & Leisure
The Bowes Museum has appointed a new director.
Hannah Fox, who led the £18million transformation of The Silk Mill, Derby, will take over in May.
It follows former manager, Adrian Jenkins, who decided to leave last year.
It is hoped that Ms Fox will play an important role in Durham County Council’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2025.
A museum spokesperson said: “After a series of intensive interviews with impressive candidates, the Trustees, supported by Arts Council England and Durham County Council, have been extremely pleased to appoint Hannah.
“She brings a wealth of
museum experience, combining cross-sector knowledge and a passion for enabling access to museums for all.
“Hannah’s expertise is exemplified by her leadership of the successful £18 million transformation of The Silk Mill, the world’s first factory and a Unesco World Heritage Site, into the world’s first ‘museum of UK manufacturing.
Ms Fox said: “I am honored to have been chosen to become Director of the Bowes Museum and lead the museum through its next chapter.
“I am confident that its outstanding staff, trustees and supporters are well positioned to meet the opportunities ahead and I relish the chance to help make the Bowes Museum vibrant and resilient. I am committed to growing this incredible museum to be widely recognized as a cultural leader that meaningfully serves its community.
Peter Mothersill, Chairman of the Bowes Museum Trustees, said: “The Trustees are delighted to announce the appointment of Hannah as the new Director.
“She has shown through her extraordinary work that she is more than capable of building on the extraordinary legacy of our founders, Josephine and John Bowes, to transform this unique museum for the benefit of our community.”
Ms. Fox has served on the advisory board of museums including the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, The Horniman and the Museum of Homelessness. She is also a board member of Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Partnership, said: “There are so many inspiring stories of women whose spirit and determination shines through in the North East. One example is Josephine Bowes, who designed and built the Bowes Museum.
“The museum houses, preserves and shares Josephine’s collection and it is exciting that it is now led by a woman.
“Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we welcome Hannah Fox to County Durham and look forward to working with her on the county’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025.
“Achieving this title would bring millions of visitors to County Durham and the wider region, create thousands of jobs and enable us to provide even more opportunities for people to be creative and engage in arts and culture.”