Mr Tim Knox will succeed Timothy Potts as Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum when he takes up the post in April.

Mr Knox is currently Director of the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London where he has been since 2005. He studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and was appointed Assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings Collection in 1989, moving in 1995 to the National Trust as its Architectural Historian, becoming Head Curator in 2002.

The Fitzwilliam Museum has enjoyed record breaking visitor numbers in recent years, with exhibitions including Vermeer’s Women and The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China drawing tens of thousands of extra visits to these and the permanent collections.

Mr Knox said: “I am pleased and proud to be appointed the next Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum. The museum and the other collections of the University play an important role in the cultural enrichment of the University, the city of Cambridge and its surrounding area – and indeed of the nation as a whole.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz said: “Tim Knox has a tremendous reputation as a museum director. He has shown at the Soane Museum a sensitivity to the legacy of the founder coupled with a creative vision. I am delighted that he will bring these abilities to bear at the Fitzwilliam.”


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