Scouse lass home to head Liverpool museums
Merseyside-born Laura Pye, currently head of culture for Bristol City Council, is to be the next director of National Museums Liverpool, succeeding David Fleming.
She returns to Liverpool to take charge of the North West’s largest cultural organisation, eight museums and galleries, which recently reached its highest ever visitor figure of more than 3.3m in 2017/18.
Pye will join in August, part-way through National Museums Liverpool successful run of the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriorsexhibition at World Museum. The other venues in her charge will be the Museum of Liverpool, International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House.
In Bristol Pye has had overall responsibility for the city’s five museums, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, MSHED, Blaise Castle House, Red Lodge and the Georgian House, as well as the Bristol Record Office, the City Arts Programme, Bristol Film Office and Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre.
Before going to Bristol she was interim heritage and culture manager for Warwickshire County Council, but her early career in museums was focused mainly on museum education, working in Liverpool, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Warwickshire.
“Liverpool is home to a world class museum service that offers an incredible range of experiences for millions of visitors each year and I am very much looking forward to joining a team with a reputation for excellence” she said. “My aims are to support the growth of National Museum Liverpool’s already world class reputation and ensure we continue to deliver an inclusive, inspiring and valuable service for all.”