Museum appoints new Director of Public Engagement

26 November 2012

Justin Morris will be the new Director of Public Engagement at the Natural History Museum, responsible for all aspects of public programmes including visitor services, education and exhibitions.

New Director of Public Engagement at the Natural History Museum, Justin Morris.

New Director of Public Engagement at the Natural History Museum, Justin Morris.

Justin is currently Director of Operations and Projects at the British Museum, where he has worked for most of the past 17 years, with a two year period working for the John Lewis Partnership fast-track senior management training scheme.

'I am delighted to be joining the Natural History Museum to lead the continuing development of its public engagement programme, says Justin. 

'The Museum has enjoyed extraordinary success in recent years in engaging with an ever-growing number of on-site and digital visitors and I very much hope to continue this whilst developing new areas of engagement.’

Since 2011 Justin has undertaken his current role which is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Museum, including capital projects, building services, facilities, security, visitor services and projects.

Having gained a PhD in archaeology from University College London, Justin worked in curatorial roles in the British Museum from 1995-2003, culminating in the position of Curator of South Asian Archaeology. 

For the two years before joining John Lewis, Justin was Policy Adviser to the Director of the Museum, Neil MacGregor, and on rejoining the organisation in 2007 embarked on a series of policy and international programme management roles leading to his most recent position.

A starting date for Dr Morris will be confirmed in due course. He replaces Sharon Ament, who held the role for 12 years and is now Director of the Museum of London.

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