New manager Gary Campbell joins the team

16 Feb 2015

Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon is delighted to announce the appointment the new Museum Manager - Gary Campbell. Gary joined Locomotion at the start of January, the first change in the Museum's management since its opening in 2004.

Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon is a major free visitor attraction in the North East of England, located within Shildon, County Durham. Locomotion opened in September 2004 and following an £11million project to regenerate the site of the former Timothy Hackworth Museum and develop a sister museum to the National Railway Museum in York. Locomotion is a joint venture between the National Railway Museum and Durham County Council.

Since opening the museum has welcomed over 1.7 million visitors and has hosted a number of record breaking events, such as Mallard 75 – The Great Goodbye, which saw nearly 120,000 visitors attending the nine day event in February 2014.

The museum offers an exciting special events programme throughout the year and supports free school visits as well as a large variety of work with external partners and community groups.

Gary is the second manager at the attraction and takes over from George Muirhead who led the team at Locomotion for over twelve years before his retirement in October 2014.

Gary was Business Manager at the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, for three years before returning to the North-East. His previous experience working in culture, heritage and tourism for Alnwick District, Berwick Borough and Northumberland County Councils, helped him increase income by 300 per cent at the lighthouse museum.

Gary Campbell, Museum Manager at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon said:

"I was attracted by the scale of the Shildon job. I thought that if I could get an interview then I'd be pretty pleased. Working at Locomotion represents a great opportunity professionally and personally so I'm delighted to be here.

The chance to work in Shildon, with its railway history was something that I couldn't pass up. I want to build on what has already been achieved for the museum, for the town and for County Durham. The museum really punches above its weight with its achievements and is already known locally, regionally and nationally. The potential for the future is amazing".

Paul Kirkman, Director of the National Railway Museum in York said: "We are delighted to welcome Gary to the team at Locomotion. Locomotion is a hugely important part of what the National Railway Museum does and I have every confidence Gary will build on the incredible successes of Locomotion over the past 10 years."

Stephen Howell, Head of Culture and Sport said: "I am very pleased that Gary has joined the team at Shildon. Locomotion is a fantastic visitor attraction within County Durham and plays a major part in attracting tourists into the region as well as supporting the leisure activities of local people and working with a range of local community groups. We look forward to working with Gary to further improve what is already a very successful and popular visitor attraction".

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