David Fleming, director of the National Museums Liverpool, has announced that he will retire from his post at the end of March in order to join Liverpool Hope University. He will also complete his second term as president of the UK Museums Association at that time.
“I have enjoyed my time here hugely, and together our team has created a world-class museum setup, with huge audiences; and one with a strong sense of social purpose,” Fleming said. “There have been numerous successes, but I am especially proud of having overseen the foundation of the International Slavery Museum and the Museum of Liverpool, both of which have added immeasurably to National Museums Liverpool’s global reputation.”
David Henshaw, the chair of National Museums Liverpool, said: “On behalf of the trustees and all his colleagues, I would like to pay tribute to David Fleming’s tireless work at National Museums Liverpool ever since his arrival in 2001. I’m delighted that his skills and expertise will not be lost to the city following his retirement from National Museums Liverpool. He and I look forward to working together in the future.” The board has begun its search for a new candidate to lead the institution.