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Ian Brown

Ian Brown
Ian Brown
Assistant Curator of Aviation
Specific responsibility: Curatorial support for Aviation collections.
Research interest/expertise: History of radar, Scottish military aviation.

Ian Brown is Assistant Curator of Aviation.

Based at the National Museum of Flight, Ian works with the aviation collections and provides support across the Transport Section.

He studied History at the University of Stirling, gaining a BA (Hons) in 1995. He followed this with an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester in 2009. After working in the retail industry, Ian moved into the museum sector in 1999 when he joined National Museums Scotland as a Visitor Services Assistant. He moved to his current post in 2005 just as the final touches to The Concorde Experience were being put together. Since then he has worked on numerous exhibitions including Fantastic Flight, Fortunes of War, The Jet Age and the Parachute Store at the National Museum of Flight, as well as See Scotland by Train, Shaping Our World and Technology by Design in the National Museum of Scotland. Most recently, Ian curated the redevelopment of two Second World War hangars at the National Museum of Flight, with new Military and Civil Aviation displays.

Ian is interested in the use of social media to engage new audiences with collections and curatorial work. You can read his NMS blogs here: and he tweets with the user name @RadarArchive.

Ian has research interests in the history of radar and air defence history, as well as the social history of aviation, the history of East Fortune Airfield, the military history of East Lothian, and some aspects of commercial aviation including airline uniform and airline catering equipment.

Brown, I. 2022. Radar in Scotland 1938-46. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Brown, I. 2018. People and Planes: Technical versus social narratives in aviation museums. Journal of Aeronautical History 8: 200-207.

Brown, I. 2011. Collecting for the Jet Age. Aeroplane. November 2011: 46-48.

Holden, T.G. & Brown, I. 2008. A Wartime Legacy: Dirleton Radar Station. Transactions of the East Lothian Antiquarian and Field Naturalists’ Society XXVII: 117-130.

Brown, I. 2005. Radar in the European and Pacific Theatres. Victory in Europe & The Road Ahead 60th Anniversary 1945-2005. Basildon: The Winchester Group: 45-48.

Brown, I. 2003. The County in 1945. East Lothian 1945-2000 Fourth Statistical Account Volume One: The County. Haddington: East Lothian Council Library Service: 12-13.

Brown, I. 2003. Radar Development and Aviation. One Hundred Years of Powered Flight 1903-2003. Hadleigh: The Winchester Group: 65-67.

Brown, I. & Tully-Jackson, J. 2001. East Lothian at War Volume 2. East Lothian Library Service.

Brown, I. & Tully-Jackson, J. 1996. East Lothian at War. East Lothian Library Service.

Brown, I. et al. 1995. 20th Century Defences in Britain. Council for British Archaeology.

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