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Sally MacDonald


Sally became Director of the Museum of Science and Industry in September 2014.

She grew up in Manchester, where she started her career as a curator at Manchester Art Gallery and developed a love of the architecture of the industrial revolution.

Sally’s delighted to be back in her home city, running what she regards as a world heritage site and a museum that—as part of the Science Museum Group—generates some of the most exciting contemporary science programmes in the country.

At a time when Manchester is experiencing a 21st century revolution and has been designated European City of Science for 2016, she intends that the Museum of Science and Industry plays a key role in creating the city’s next generation of scientists and inventors.

Sally’s career highlights

Before joining the museum, Sally was Director of Museums and Public Engagement at UCL, where she established and developed public engagement activity across the university, and led the transformation of its museums—most notably the Grant Museum and Petrie Museum.

Prior to that, Sally was Principal Museums Officer for Croydon, where she created a multi award-winning museum service.

As Deputy Director of the Geffrye Museum, Sally was a personal winner of the National Art Collections Fund Award for taking a new approach to the decorative arts.

Sally has been co-chair of the Women Leaders in Museums Network and the University Museums Group, a board member of the Museums Association and a member of the DCMS Expert Panel on Human Remains.

She has worked internationally and is co-founder and trustee of Heritage without Borders.

Sally is a Fellow of the Museums Association and the Royal Society of Arts, has a degree in Latin, Archaeology and Ancient History and has published on museums and museum audiences.

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