New head at Locomotion takes over in August

THE Locomotion museum in Shildon has appointed Dr Sarah Price as its new head.

Sarah arrives from Durham University, where she is currently head of engagement and learning, responsible for the visitor operations and the public programme at all of Culture Durham’s venues, including award-winning exhibits such as the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition and the new Durham Light Infantry gallery.

Dr Sarah Price at the Meet the Museum event at locomotion on June 12. NRM     

Hers is the first senior appointment since the museum moved into the management of the Science Museum Group last December.

Sarah will join in late August and her key priorities including forging stronger links with the local community and reinvigorating the museum’s programme of events and exhibitions.

The announcement of her appointment followed a Meet the Museum open event on June 12, aimed at providing the local community with a unique taste of what happens at the museum. More than 100 people were treated to music from local school children, access into locomotive cabs and a peek at work on the two-car 2HAP EMU, said to be the most comprehensive restoration of an electric train undertaken in the UK, and which is nearing completion.

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