New directors for Leach Pottery and ACE


Libby Buckley is the new director of the Leach Pottery in St Ives.


Buckley was previously the director of the Telegraph Museum in Porthcurno, for five years and oversaw the recent and highly successful £3.2 million redevelopment of the museum, which went on to win South West Cornwall Tourism's 2014/2015 Gold Award for Museum and Industrial Attraction of the Year.

She has over fifteen years of experience in the arts and heritage sector, having previously worked at the British Postal Museum and Archive and the British Museum in London, and the Caribbean's Turks and Caicos National Museum. She also set up and chaired the Cornwall Museum Group, which provides opportunities for museum staff and volunteers to get together and exchange ideas as well as apply for joint funding. 

Associate Professor of Design at Falmouth University, and Leach Pottery acting director, Dr Katie Bunnell said she would be delighted to be passing the Leach Pottery baton to Libby, who has an excellent track record in museums development as well as a real understanding of regional agendas”.

Arts Council England has appointed Sarah Crown as director of Literature and the South West.  The role will be based in Bristol. Crown succeeds Antonia Byatt who has moved to become director of Cheltenham Literature Festival. She joins the Arts Council from Mumsnet, the UK’s largest network for parents, where she has been editor for the past four years.  Before that she was the Guardian’s online literary editor. She has been a judge of the Forward Poetry Prizes and the Costa Poetry Award. 









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