New chapter for SIMT


Exciting new chapter for Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust


Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust is set to embark on a new chapter with the departure of existing Director, Helen Featherstone.

Helen, who has been with the Trust for almost two years, will leave to take up a new post at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at the end of March.

Chris Keady, currently Head of Collections and Learning, will jointly oversee the running of the organisation – which is home to Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Shepherd Wheel. Chris will be joined by Fiona Elliott from DBA Consultants who has a long-standing relationship with the Trust, and who will be in post for an interim period.

Chairman of the trustees Alex Pettifer MBE said: “It’s still very much business as usual for all three sites and we have an exciting year ahead as we plan for the 50th anniversary of Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet becoming a museum in 2020.

“While we’re very sad to see Helen leave us and we thank her for all her hard work, we’re looking forward to working with Chris, Fiona and the team as we continue to develop our exhibitions and collections until a new Director is appointed in the coming months.”

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