Judith McNicol appointed director of National Railway Museum

Eleanor Mills, 14.02.2018
McNicol to oversee decade of transformation at museum
Judith McNicol has been appointed director of the National Railway Museum (NRM), York.

She has been the acting director since July 2017, when Paul Kirkman stepped down after five years as director.

McNicol was the director of people and culture for the Science Museum Group (SMG), which includes the NRM, from 2015. She joined the organisation in 2005 as the head of commercial development for the railway museum, then becoming head of commercial development and intellectual property for the SMG in 2007.

From 2008 McNicol was the managing director, enterprises, for the museum group, becoming the change director from 2010 to 2015.

In her new post, McNicol will oversee a multi-million pound redevelopment of the National Railway Museum, slated for completion by 2025, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway and the museum’s 50th anniversary.

McNicol, the director of the National Railway Museum, said: “It is a very special privilege to become the director of the National Railway Museum.

“This museum and the collection it holds are close to my heart – my great-great-grandfather was one of the many to die in the construction of the Forth Railway Bridge and from a young age, I remember travelling across that bridge in awe of the scale, beauty and the possibilities that it held.”

Ian Blatchford, the director of the Science Museum Group, said: “Judith brings an exemplary range of experiences to the role, with great knowledge of York and the museum – having been based there for 14 years in several roles. Her passion for engineering, technology and innovation will transform the museum over the coming years.”

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