Ian Blatchford

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Ian Blatchford
Photograph of Ian Blatchford
Ian Blatchford in 2012.
Born 17 August 1965 (1965-08-17) (age 51)
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater Mansfield College, Oxford
Birkbeck, University of London
Occupation Museum director
Employer Bank of England
Barclays de Zoete Wedd
Royal Academy of Arts
Victoria and Albert Museum
Science Museum (London)
Known for Director of Science Museum Group
Salary £150,000[1]

Ian Blatchford (b. 17 August 1965)[2] is the director of the Science Museum Group, which oversees the Science Museum in London, England and other related museums.[3] He was previously deputy director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, opposite the Science Museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, southwest London.

Blatchford studied law at Mansfield College, Oxford.[4] He also holds an MA degree in Renaissance studies at Birkbeck, University of London .

Ian Blatchford started his career working at the Bank of England and the merchant bankers Barclays de Zoete Wedd in the City of London.[4] He then joined the Arts Council as the deputy finance director. He moved to the marketing and design agency Cricket Communications, working in the position of financial controller. In 1996. he joined the Royal Academy of Arts as the director of finance.

In April 2002, Blatchford joined the Victoria and Albert Museum as director of finance and resources.[4] He then became deputy director in December 2004. He left to be director of the National Museum of Science and Industry in October 2010.[5]

Blatchford is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants[4] and the Society of Antiquaries (FSA). He is chairman of the governors of De Montfort University.[6]


  1. ^ "Science Museum Director Ian Blatchford on The World at One, BBC Radio 4". The World at One, BBC Radio 4. AudioBoo/BBC. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Weekend birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian Media & News. 16 Aug 2014. p. 49. 
  3. ^ "National Museum of Science & Industry appoints new Director". UK: Science Museum, London. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "V&A deputy to head national museum group". Exhibition Road. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2011.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ Sample, Ian (24 September 2012). "Science Weekly podcast: Have science museums had their day?". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ian Blatchford: Director and Chief Executive, The Science Museum Group; Chairman of the Board of Governors at De Montfort University". UK: De Montfort University. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Andrew Scott
Director of the Science Museum Group
Succeeded by