Royal Armouries appoints new Director General - Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Dr Edward Impey Royal Armouries today announces the appointment of historian and English Heritage Director, Dr Edward Impey, as its new Director General.

Dr Impey takes up his new post at Britain’s oldest public museum in October, and replaces Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley who resigned last year, due to ill health.

An Oxford graduate with degrees in history and archaeology, Dr Impey is currently Director of Heritage Protection and Planning at English Heritage. He is also a former Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and an established author – including two Tower of London history books.

A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and also of the Royal Historical Society, Dr Impey, 51, is married with two daughters.

His expertise and publications cover aspects of history, architecture, archaeology and conservation – and he has had a life-long interest in arms and armour.

Royal Armouries’ Chairman Wes Paul said, “We are delighted by Edward’s appointment as Director General, he brings that rare combination of knowledge, expertise, leadership, established networks and a passion for the subject and he joins us at a very important time of change at the Armouries.

“One of our key goals is to make the National Collection of Arms and Armour much more attractive to a broader, more diverse national and global audience so we will be adding much greater context around science, engineering and technology but especially in relation to history in general and military history in particular. Edward will lead this change and we also hope that he will strengthen our impact on research and education and to extend our reach into international markets”.

Royal Armouries’ Interim CEO Chris Walker – who has acted as accounting officer since August last year – will leave the Armouries to take up a new post at the National Gallery in London.

Wes said, “On behalf of the Royal Armouries’ Board of Trustees, we are sorry to lose Chris who has led the Armouries as our Interim CEO for several months and we would like to thank him for his dedication and hard work during that time. We wish him every success in his new post “

Royal Armouries is home to the national collection of arms and armour, including artillery, and has three British sites – at the Tower of London; a purpose-built museum in Leeds; and at Fort Nelson in Hampshire

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