New Mosi director appointed - Museums Association

New Mosi director appointed

Sally MacDonald to take up Manchester post
Gwendolyn Smith
The Museum of Science and Industry (Mosi) in Manchester has appointed former Museums Association board member Sally MacDonald as its new director.

MacDonald, currently the director of public and cultural engagement at University College London (UCL), will succeed Jean Franczyk, who is leaving Mosi after two years to become deputy director of the Science Museum.

Ian Blatchford, the director of the Science Museum Group, said: “I’m confident that Sally can build on the fresh impetus Jean has brought to Mosi since it became part of the Science Museum Group.

“Sally has an excellent professional pedigree, but what has impressed us most is her vision for inspiring and enriching visitors through the museum’s wonderful collections and developing its reputation as a museum at the cutting edge of science.”

MacDonald’s career began in Manchester, where she curated the decorative art collections at the City Art Gallery. She also created the museum service in Croydon.

Her current role at UCL includes leading the university’s three public museums and 10 teaching and research collections.

“The opportunity to return to my home city to lead an organisation with such outstanding collections, buildings and people - in the most exciting city in the UK - is an extraordinary honour,” MacDonald said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

The appointment comes after George Osborne announced an £800,000 investment in Mosi, which has kickstarted the development of a purpose-built temporary exhibition facility.

Mosi has had a number of directors in recent years. Ian Griffin led the museum between 2003 and 2008. Tony 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 until 2012.

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