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William Blair

William Blair has been Director of Collections at National Museums Northern Ireland since March 2017. He is part of a leadership team setting a new strategic direction for the organisation and has overall responsibility for curatorial, collections management, interpretation and programming. He joined National Museums NI in 2009 as Head of Human History and in that role curated the new Titanic exhibition at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and was author of its companion book Titanic: Behind the Legend. He led the re-development of the Modern History gallery at the Ulster Museum and more recently the new Troubles and Beyond exhibition, also at the Ulster Museum. He has performed a representational role on various professional and sectoral bodies and is currently Chairman of the Irish Museums Association. William was previously responsible for the development of the award-winning Mid-Antrim Museums Service in County Antrim (1998-2009). He holds a MA Hons degree in Politics and Modern History from the University of Edinburgh and a MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. William is also a panellist on the REF 2021 Main Panel D as a Research User.

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