Keith Merrin to head Tyne & Wear museums

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Keith Merrin is moving from Sunderland Culture, which he has headed for three years, to succeed Iain Watson as director of Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums.

TWAM is one of the country’s largest museum and archive services known especially for its work with children and young people, and for its outreach work focused on adult health and wellbeing.  

Its nine venues include the Great North Museum, the Laing Art Gallery and the Stephenson Steam Railway, and although all its museums and galleries are currently closed TWAM has continued to deliver exhibition and collections content and activities through its website and social media. 

“As a proud North Easterner I am delighted to have the honour of working with such an amazing collection of museums, galleries and archives” said Merrin, who was previously CEO of the Woodburn Charitable Trust. “They not only represent the stories and culture of our communities but also showcase some of the most important artworks, artefacts and heritage sites anywhere in the country to audiences from all over the World.

Watson is retiring and Merrin will take over in April.

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