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Professor David Fleming

History and Politics
0151 291 3711
Arts and Humanities

Director of National Museums Liverpool (2001-18) and of Tyne & Wear Museums (1991-2001), I have a Bachelor's degree in History (University of Leeds), a Master's degree in English Local History (University of Leicester) and a PhD (early modern urban history, University of Leicester), having abandoned a degree in Economics at the London School of Economics. I am also an Associate of the Museums Association (AMA). I have twice been President of the UK Museums Association, and I am a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) Ethics Committee and of its Museum Definitions Committee. For several years I was Chair of INTERCOM, ICOM's international committee for management and leadership, and of ICOM's Finance and Resources Committee I have published extensively in the field of museum management, and am currently writing books on managing the modern museum and on public memorialisation. My main expertise lies in international museum studies, which includes slavery, ethics, human rights and social history. 

My route into Hope University has been an unusual one, and I expect my strengths are in the practical values of museums in society - I have been responsible, for example, for the creation of the International Slavery Museum and of the Museum of Liverpool, and I am Adviser to the fledgling International Museum of Democracy in Rosario, Argentina. I am especially interested in working for social justice in museums, and I am President of the Federation of International Human Rights Museums (FIHRM).