Sir Peter Hendy CBE, Chairman of Network Rail, has been appointed Chairman of the National Railway Museum Advisory Board.
Sir Peter will focus on implementing the museum’s Vision 2025 master plan, which will create a new central hall and effect widespread transformation across the site.
The aim is to create an internationally renowned railway museum destination.
Hendy replaces the outgoing president, Anton Valk CBE, CEO of the transport company Abellio. It is hoped that his appointment will provide strategic direction and strengthen the museum’s ties with the rail industry.
The National Railway Museum is part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, and Locomotion in Shildon. Sir Peter was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Science Museum Group in 2018.
Under Sir Peter’s direction, a new exhibit titled âInnovation Platformâ will be developed at the National Railway Museum and its sister museum, Locomotion, in Shildon, County Durham.
From June 2022, the exhibition will focus on visitor access to new objects from the contemporary rail industry. It will last two years and will exhibit a number of significant objects.
Hendy said, âWith developments such as Central Hall’s ‘Gallery of the Future’, the new interactive Wonderlab and other temporary exhibits, the rail industry is starting to see the museum as an important resource to engage and inspire the next. generation of engineers and operators and showcasing groundbreaking 21st century British technology.
In addition to overseeing the development of Vision 2025, Sir Peter has said he also wants to ensure that the Flying Scotsman centenary year in 2023 and the Stockton and Darlington Railway bicentennial in 2025 are “truly national celebrations” .
Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum thanked outgoing President Valk for his “unwavering commitment to this museum” and said that Hendy “will keep us on the lookout and help us seize every opportunity that presents itself”.
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