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Simon Cane appointed Director of Public and Cultural Engagement at UCL

2 October 2014

UCL is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Cane as the new Director of Public and Cultural Engagement.

Simon Cane Simon joins UCL from his role as Deputy Director at Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT).

Simon originally trained as a conservator before moving into wider collections management and leadership roles in local authority and trust museums. He is a keen advocate of public engagement particularly around bridging arts, humanities and sciences.

He was the lead for Birmingham on the Staffordshire Hoard project that broke new ground in communicating conservation and research in UK archaeology and was a member of the advisory panel for the AHRC/EPSRC funded Heritage Science Research Programme.

His research interests include ethics, cultural value and iconoclasm and he participated in the AHRC funded Iconoclasms Network and co-authored a chapter in the resulting publication 'Striking Images, Iconoclasms Past and Present'.

Simon said: "I am excited at the prospect of leading the Public and Cultural Engagement team at UCL and building on their excellent work. I am passionate about engaging publics with collections and look forward to working with colleagues across the faculties at UCL to discover new ways of supporting research and teaching using the enormous wealth of resources available at UCL including its Public Engagement Unit, outstanding museums and research collections and the Bloomsbury Theatre."

Welcoming the appointment, Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, said: "UCL strives to be an accessible, publically engaged organisation, contributing to society both in London and further afield. The role of our Public and Cultural Engagement team is key to achieving this and I am delighted to welcome Simon as its new director. He brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to his new role, and we anticipate that the team will build on its success to help foster a lifelong engaged community under his leadership."

Simon will take up the post in the New Year.



  • Simon Cane (Credit: Tim Fok for the ARA)