Robert Crawford (historian)

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This article refers to the former Director General of the Imperial War Museum; for other Robert Crawfords, see Disambiguation

Sir Robert Crawford, CBE (born 3 July 1945)[1] is a former Director General of the Imperial War Museum.

Educated at Culford School and Pembroke College, Oxford (MA, Modern History, 1967), he joined the Imperial War Museum as a Research Assistant in 1968 and progressed to Head of Research and Information, Keeper of the Department of Photographs, Assistant Director and Deputy Director-General before becoming Director-General in 1995. He retired in October 2008. He was Chairman of the National Museum Directors' Conference from 2001 to 2006.

Robert Crawford is Chairman of the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College and a trustee of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Royal Logistic Corps Museum Trust, National Maritime Museum, National Museums Liverpool, National Museum of the Royal Navy and Chatham Historic Dockyard. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers and was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1998.

He was awarded a CBE in 2002 for services to museums and a Knighthood in the 2007 New Year Honours.


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian Media. 3 July 2014. p. 33. 

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