For Neil, it is a museum director's duty to understand how visitors access and enjoy exhibitions, how they interact with its curators and scientists and how research is relevant to the wider world. His unconventional approach to museum management saw him instil a new lease of life to the Museum's logo, and strengthen the public image of the Museum through appealing new galleries and giving visitors more opportunities to engage with the Museum's scientists.
His interest in generating discussion between people of different backgrounds extended to the Museum's scientific activity, and Neil worked to increase the number of agreements between the Museum and countries worldwide, which would both improve the conditions of collecting for Museum staff, and train scientists in host countries. With Neil's ability to seek new opportunities, the Museum moved from strength to strength.
Listen to Neil remember his visits to the Museum.
Discover how Neil made his mark on exhibition development.
Find out how the Museum plans fieldwork with local organisations.
Find out how Princess Diana contributed to the Museum.
Find out about 'The Fossil Roadshow'.
Find out how the Museum's interaction with the public has changed.
Discover why DC2 was built.
Listen to Neil recall his appointment as Director.