New head for Natural History Museum

A new post of director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, as the University Museum is now called, is to be created.

The aim is to attract a high profile academic, who will be able to make full use of the research facilities of the Museum, and boost its current range of educational out-reach work and initiatives to promote the public understanding of science. The new head will hold a professorial fellowship at Kellogg College.

Currently, the Museum is headed by a Principal Curator, a post shared by rotation among the four curators. The decision flows out of recommendations made in a General Board review of the Museum completed last year.

Last year, the Museum, which opened in 1860, attracted almost 150,00 visitors, including organised school parties. Professor Richard Dawkins, who holds the chair in the Public Understanding of Science, is attached to the Museum.

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