Tim Cooke to take on Shakespeare role

Tim Cooke, formerly the BBC’s head of broadcasting for Northern Ireland and now director of the Telegraph Museum in Cornwall, is to succeed Diana Owen as chief executive of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

The trust was founded in 1847 to be responsible for care of the principal Shakespeare sites in Stratford, from his birthplace to the family home where he died and including Anne Hathaway’s cottage and the farm of his mother, Mary Arden.

Prior to moving to Cornwall in 2014, Cooke ran National Museums Northern Ireland from 2003, where he led the £18m transformation of the Ulster Museum, Art Fund UK Museum of the Year in 2010.

He will start at Stratford in March next year.



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