Ian Blatchford

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Ian Blatchford
Photograph of Ian Blatchford
Ian Blatchford in 2012.
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater Mansfield College (University of Oxford)
Birkbeck College (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 Aug 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, University of Oxford.[4] He also holds an MA degree in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck College, 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]


Cultural offices
Preceded by
Andrew Scott
Director of the Science Museum Group
Succeeded by