New Head Appointed at Wandsworth Museum
His aim is to "make the museum the cultural centre of the borough"
Ken Barbour, a highly experienced and senior museums manager, has been appointed as head of London’s newest museum, the Wandsworth Museum in south-west London.
The appointment, announced by the Board of Trustees today, follows the resignation of Andrew Leitch, the first director, on health grounds. Responsible in recent months for establishing and implementing the operations of the new Wandsworth Museum, Mr Barbour assumes responsibility for running the Wandsworth Museum with immediate effect.
Mr Barbour will develop a full programme of events at the Wandsworth Museum for next year, building on the launch programme established by Andrew Leitch that culminated in the Museum’s official opening by the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, and Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, on 1 September.
Mr Barbour headed up all aspects of visitor experience for five years at the world-renowned Science Museum in London, managing a staff of more than 100 people and implementing initiatives such as simulator rides and IMAX 3-D cinema with a view to bringing fresh and stimulating experiences to visitors. Mr Barbour was also a Curator and Head of Visitor Services at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada, where he spent 12 years. A trained botanist, he holds a science degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Commenting on his appointment and plans for the Museum, Ken Barbour said:
Dorothy Hintze, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said:
November 5, 2010