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.
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.”