David Fleming, OBE, MA, PhD, AMA
Director (2001 - 2018)
David Fleming OBE, MA, PhD, AMA, was Director of National Museums Liverpool from 2001 - 2018. He supervised the completion of several major capital projects, including the £45 million Into The Future project, which featured major refurbishment of both the Walker Art Gallery and World Museum, the opening of the International Slavery Museum in 2007, and the creation and opening of the Museum of Liverpool in 2011.
Since he became Director of National Museums Liverpool audiences have quadrupled, rising from around 700,000 per year to more than 3.2 million.
Before arriving in Liverpool, David was Director of the multi-award-winning Tyne and Wear Museums for 11 years, where he led teams delivering major capital developments (including Newcastle Discovery Museum, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum) and massive audience growth. Prior to that he was principal keeper at Hull Museums, where his major projects included a new Transport Museum and The Old Grammar School. He started his museum career as founder-curator of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York.
David is currently in his second term as President of the UK Museums Association and has served on several Government committees and task forces. In 2002 he was named in the Independent on Sunday as one of the ten leading people in UK museums. He was awarded an OBE in the 1997 New Year’s Honours List for services to museums.
He sits on a number of boards and governing bodies, and is currently:
- President, Museums Association (from April 2015)
- Founding President of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums
- Member, Steering Group, Liverpool World Heritage Site
- Founding President of the Social Justice Alliance for Museums (SJAM)
- Visiting Professor of Museum Studies, Liverpool Hope University
- Special Advisor, Museum for International Democracy, Rosario, Argentina
- Member, ICOM Ethics Committee
David has published extensively and has lectured and advised museums, municipalities and governments worldwide in more than 40 countries on museum management and leadership, city history museums, museum ethics, cultural heritage management, social inclusion and human rights.