National Museum of Science and Industry appoints External Affairs Director
The National Museum of Science and Industry (NMSI) has appointed Roger Highfield as the new Director of External Affairs. NMSI is the national museum group that oversees the Science Museum, the National Railway Museum and the National Media Museum.
Roger Highfield has been Editor of New Scientist since 2008 and prior to that was Science Editor of The Daily Telegraph. He will take up his appointment on 28th November with overall responsibility for press, marketing, corporate communications, advocacy and internal communications across all three museums.
Making the announcement, Ian Blatchford, Director of The Science Museum, said; “Roger will bring tremendous knowledge and energy to this role. The appointment marks an exciting new phase in our history.”
Roger Highfield said; "I am thrilled to take on this new role and am really looking forward to working with Ian Blatchford and his excellent team at NMSI. It is going to be a great opportunity not only to maintain the high profile of NMSI but expand its reach further afield so that everyone understands the incredible impact of science and technology on the modern world. This is a tremendous responsibility and one that I look forward to with great relish."
Roger Highfield read Chemistry at Oxford and also holds a DPhil. He is a hugely experienced journalist, broadcaster, panel speaker, literary prize judge and author of several highly regarded science books. Roger has also served on a wide range of advisory committees, including the Science Museum’s Advisory Board.
NMSI attracts a combined total of over 4 million visitors a year and care for over six million objects, making NMSI one of the largest national museums.
For further information please contact, Science Museum Press Office – Nicola.firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7942 4328
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
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Notes to Editors
The NMSI family of museums presents and cares for some of the greatest collections of their kind in the world. The group comprises the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon, and the National Media Museum in Bradford.
The six million artefacts under its stewardship cover the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, transport, visual media and related arts. They range from Crick and Watson’s original DNA model to Stephenson’s Rocket, from the Flying Scotsman to John Logie Baird’s original television apparatus.
Each year NMSI museums attract a total of over four million visitors. NMSI is an executive non-departmental public body whose parent body is the Department of Culture Media and Sport.