Over the past seven years visitor numbers have more than doubled to 750,000, turnover from operations has increased to £11million and the museum has created more than 150 jobs and apprenticeships. A 12-year master plan for the future development of the museum was issued in 2013 and the first phase of this, a major £17m capital project called Remaking Beamish, is currently under development.
Richard is the Chair of the Association of Independent Museums and is also a member of the National Museums Directors Council. He leads a Major Partner Museum consortium with The Bowes Museum supported by Arts Council England as well as a Creative People and Places consortium programme in East Durham.
Prior to joining Beamish Richard was Director of Wentworth Castle Trust where he led the Civic Trust award-winning phase one restoration costing £17m, with HLF support. From 1999 to 2003 he was Development Officer at New Lanark, during the period that Robert Owen’s utopian village was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Born in rural Kent, Richard studied at Glasgow for an MA in English and Philosophy before working overseas for two years in East Africa.
When not in his Edwardian costume at Beamish, Richard enjoys looking after his smallholding in Northumberland as well as playing hockey, sailing and mountaineering.