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National Museums Scotland Appoints New Director of Collections

Tuesday 20 April, 2021

National Museums Scotland is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Sam Alberti as its new Director of Collections.

Dr Sam Alberti has been Keeper of Science & Technology at National Museums Scotland since 2016 and Interim Keeper of Art & Design since 2019. He has worked in and with museums for 20 years, first at the University of Manchester, then as Director of Museums and Archives at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Sam is Honorary Professor in Cultural Heritage at the University of Stirling and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His research is concerned with the history of collections, in particular scientific, medical and natural objects in Britain since 1800. His recent practice has focussed on Cold War museology, contemporary collecting and the role of museums in the climate emergency.

Photo of Sam Alberti wearing a suit and standing in front of a wooden museum case.

Commenting on the appointment Dr Chris Breward, Director of National Museums Scotland said,

"I am delighted that Sam is taking up this new role within National Museums Scotland. His appointment comes at a particularly important time, as we reopen our museums and look ahead to our next steps after a challenging year. I look forward to working with him on our vibrant exhibitions and research programmes, as well as on developing access to our collections."

Of his appointment Dr Sam Alberti said,

“It's a pleasure and a privilege to be continuing my work with National Museums Scotland in this new role. From its extraordinary collections and lively public programme to sector-leading research and conservation, it’s a dynamic museum group with an exciting future. I'm delighted to be a part of it.”

Further information from Alice Wyllie, Press Office on 0131 247 4288 or email

Notes to editors:

  1. National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.
  2. Bheireadh Oifis nam Meadhanan eadar-theangachadh Gàidhlig den bhrath-naidheachd seachad do bhuidhinn mheadhanan bharantaichte. Cuiribh fios do dh'Oifis nam Meadhanan airson bruidhinn air cinn-latha freagarrach.
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