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Janet Dugdale

Director of Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum

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Janet is Director of Museum of Liverpool and Director of Merseyside Maritime Museum. She is responsible for the museums, collections, curatorial, administrative and conservation teams for our venues on the Liverpool Waterfront. As well as the Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum, her remit also includes other buildings on the site, the Canning Graving Docks and Seized! (the Border Force national collection and museum).

Janet joined NML in 1997 as curator of social and community history and, from 2000, headed the successful Museum of Liverpool Life. Janet led the content and interpretation teams for our major new city history museum, the Museum of Liverpool. She is a strong advocate and practitioner of participative and partnership working in museums. Janet has worked in history museums since 1988. Her career started with the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, followed by the Lake District Art Gallery and Museum Trust where she ran the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry and was a founding member of Kendal Oral History Society. After spending a year travelling internationally, she moved to Stoke on Trent to be Senior Assistant Keeper of Community History.

Janet’s experience and expertise includes: delivering high profile and complex projects and exhibitions, developing teams, speaking nationally and internationally on participative working, developing strategic partnerships and advocating for museums with a people-based/storytelling approach.

Janet holds a History degree from the University of Manchester and a post-graduate Diploma in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She took the UEA Museum Leadership Programme and was in the first cohort of the MA’s Transformers programme. She is a Fellow of both the Museums Association and Royal Society of Arts.