New director at Maritime Museum

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The National Maritime Museum Cornwall has appointed its new director, following the imminent retirement of Jonathan Griffin in September.

Richard Doughty
Richard Doughty

Richard Doughty, has held a number of senior management roles during his career including chief executive and director of fundraising for the Cutty Sark Trust.

He secured the funding for the major conservation project to save the Cutty Sark from collapse, devising a scheme which would not only ensure the physical survival of the ship but would also re-invigorate Cutty Sark as one of London’s leading visitor landmarks.

Following the devastating fire in 2007, Doughty helped secure £55 million towards the conservation and representation of Cutty Sark.

Peter Davies, chair of trustees at National Maritime Museum Cornwall, said: “I am delighted that Richard has been appointed as our new director.

“He has a wealth of experience in the maritime and heritage sector and will be able to build on the outstanding achievements of Jonathan over the past 11 years. I am confident that Richard will be able to take the museum forward locally, nationally and internationally.”

Doughty added: “I have a deep rooted appreciation of what makes our maritime heritage significant – technically, historically and culturally.

“I am not in a strict sense a maritime expert or maritime historian but I do understand the importance of giving our maritime heritage a sustainable future and I relish the opportunity to engage this sincere belief, a sincere love of what is at the heart of the job – our maritime heritage – to extend National Maritime Museum Cornwall’s reach, revenue and reputation.”