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Dr Nick Merriman appointed new Chief Executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens

Dr Nick Merriman has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens. 

  • Dr Nick Merriman, Alan Seabright
    , Alan Seabright

Currently Director of the Manchester Museum in the University of Manchester and interim Director of the Whitworth, Merriman takes up his new post on 1 May 2018. 

He succeeds Janet Vitmayer CBE who steps down in May 2018 after 20 years at the helm of the much-loved south London attraction.

Respected throughout the museum and heritage world, particularly around issues of diversity and sustainability, Merriman has overseen a major programme of public engagement at the Manchester Museum and the transformation of its galleries, resulting in the doubling of visitor numbers during his tenure since 2006.

He joins the Horniman as it prepares to open an exciting new World Gallery in June 2018, showcasing over 3,000 extraordinary objects from its internationally important anthropology collection, and a new Studio space later in the year.

Nick Merriman says: 'I have always greatly admired the Horniman for its combination of great collections, wonderful setting, excellent staff, and its ability to connect to wide audiences. I'm very much looking forward to moving back to London and building on Janet's great legacy.’ 

Eve Salomon, Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Horniman says: ‘The Board of Trustees is delighted with the appointment of Nick Merriman as the Horniman’s next Chief Executive. His success at the Manchester Museum puts him in an excellent position to lead the Horniman as we broaden our audiences through a mixture of creative, intellectual and scientific excellence mixed with popular appeal.’