Maritime museum chief steps down

Kevin Fewster, director of Royal Museums Greenwich since 2007, is to stand down having transformed the former National Maritime Museum with muliti-million-pound developments.

He will retire in mid-2019 on the completion of the four year Endeavour Masterplan which our new galleries and an off-site collections centre open, giving the Greenwich venue more exhibition space.

In 2011 he also opened the new Sammy Ofer Wing, the temporary exhibitions centre, a ship model store at Chatham Historic Dockyard (2010) , and in 2016 the refurbishment of the Inigo Jones designed Queen’s House next to the main museum.

The museum changed its name in 2012 when the borough of Greenwich was accorded royal status, coinciding with the reopening of the tea clipper and tourist favourite Cutty Sark after extensive restoration following a fire 

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Kevin Fewster had been an academic, specialising the First World War, when in 1984 he made a mid-life switch by becoming South Australian Maritime Museum in Port Adelaide. He went on to direct the Australian National Maritime Museum, and before taking over at Greenwich he had been director of Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

 

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