David Fleming speaking at the Museums Association conference

David Fleming to retire from National Museums Liverpool

Rebecca Atkinson, 03.01.2018
MA president to take up role with Liverpool Hope University
David Fleming is to retire as director of National Museums Liverpool (NML) at the end of March, coinciding with the end of his second term as president of the Museums Association (MA).

Since joining NML in 2001, he has supervised several major capital projects including the creation and opening of the Museum of Liverpool in 2011. Following his retirement, Fleming will take up a professorial role with Liverpool Hope University.

“National Museums Liverpool is one of the world’s greatest museum services,” Fleming said. “I have enjoyed my time here hugely, and together our team has created a world-class museum setup, with huge audiences; and one with a strong sense of social purpose.

“I wish my colleagues success in the future, and I look forward to continuing working with them to ensure that Liverpool’s outstanding cultural heritage is recognised and celebrated, thus making a key contribution to the city region’s social and economic vitality.”

NML said in a statement that it had started the process for recruiting a new director.

David Henshaw, the chair of NML, said: “On behalf of the trustees and all his colleagues, I would like to pay tribute to David Fleming’s tireless work at National Museums Liverpool ever since his arrival in 2001. I’m delighted that his skills and expertise will not be lost to the city following his retirement. He and I look forward to working together in the future."

Fleming started his museum career as the founder-curator of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming in York. He has worked as principle keeper at Hull Museums and was director at Tyne and Wear Museums for 11 years prior to joining NML.

Fleming joined the MA board in 2011, and was elected president in April 2015. He is also president of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums and the Social Justice Alliance for Museums.

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