Douglas Gilmore to become MD of Museum of London Docklands
The Museum of London has appointed Douglas Gilmore as managing director of Museum of London Docklands.
In his new role, he will lead the daily management and strategy for the museum whilst working alongside Museum of London director Sharon Ament and the executive team.
Gilmore’s previous roles include commercial director at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and trading director the National Gallery. He also has a retail background after working with a variety of retailers such as Boots, Burton Group and Early Learning Centre earlier in his career.
The appointment comes at a key time for the Museum of London Docklands, which is set to play an increasingly important role during the closure of the museum’s site at London Wall and the opening of a new home in West Smithfield.
Gilmore said: “I’m honoured to take up this role at the Museum of London Docklands and I’m hugely ambitious about what we can achieve at this moment of transition for the organisation. The museum is a fantastic place to visit, learn and explore and I’m keen to work with staff, volunteers, visitors, local communities, partners and stakeholders to become a major national institution.”
Ament added: “The Museum of London Docklands holds a unique and important role in London’s cultural landscape and I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Douglas at this exciting time. I know he will be a fantastic champion as we continue to deliver a first-class programme of thought-provoking displays, engaging exhibitions, and fantastic events.”
Having opened in 2003, Museum of London Docklands tells the story of the port, river and city by focusing on trade, migration and commerce in London. It is home to the London, Sugar and Slavery gallery, one of only three permanent galleries to tell the history of the transatlantic slave trade in the UK.
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