Mosi director to return to Science Museum as deputy director

Jean Franczyk to leave Manchester in September
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Rebecca Atkinson
Jean Franczyk is to step down as director of the Museum of Science and Industry (Mosi) in Manchester to take up the position of deputy director at the Science Museum in London.

She will succeed Heather Mayfield, who will take early retirement after 34 years at the museum.

Franczyk joined Mosi two years ago. She was previously director of learning at the Science Museum. Her appointment followed Mosi becoming part of the Science Museum Group, and the resignation of Tony Hill as director of the Manchester museum.

In a statement to staff, Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum Group, said that Franczyk will remain at Mosi for the next nine months in order to conclude some major projects. An open search for a new director will start immediately, with the role commencing in the autumn.

“The new director will build upon and deliver the excellent forward planning contained in the masterplan for Mosi, which is backed by the Mosi advisory board and group board of trustees,” Blatchford added.

Mosi has had a number of directors in recent years. Ian Griffin headed up the museum between 2003 and 2008. Hill spent eight months as acting director, but was beaten to the director’s job by Steve Davies. When Davies was appointed director of the National Railway Museum in York in 2010, Hill took up the position on a permanent basis.  

Meanwhile, Alex Burch, who was seconded to the position of director of learning at the Science Museum, has now been confirmed in the position on a permanent basis. 

Jean Franczyk will take part in the Museums Association's forthcoming career conference Moving On Up at Mosi on 6 February

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