Alexander Hayward MA MSc LTCL FMA FRSSA

Alexander Hayward has been a curator, engineering historian and science communicator for over three decades. He began his career researching shipbuilding machinery in a nineteenth century dockyard in Sydney and has since worked at a number of museums in the UK including the Science Museum in London, and, since 2005, Keeper of the Department of Science and Technology at National Museums Scotland. In this role he heads a department responsible for outstanding objects ranging from a 1786 Boulton and Watt steam engine to space rockets, from early computers to Concorde. He led the creation of the interactive science gallery Connect at NMS in 2005-06 and was Project Director for the redevelopment of the National Museum of Flight between 2008-10. He is currently leading the development of six new science and technology galleries at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.  Alexander has lectured and published on the history of technology and the conservation and restoration of historic machinery. He was Manager of the PRISM (Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material) Grant Fund, an Expert Advisor for the Heritage Lottery Fund (specialising in historic transport), founding chair of the Scottish Transport and Industry Collections Knowledge (STICK) Network, and a Vice President of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts (Science and Technology) between 2011 and 2014.

  • Forthcoming Events

    Nov
    21
    Tue
    2017
    6:30 pm Developments in Heavy AA Artille... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building, Rm PO1-11, University of Portsmouth
    Developments in Heavy AA Artille... @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building, Rm PO1-11, University of Portsmouth
    Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Geoff Smith
    Nov
    22
    Wed
    2017
    6:30 pm William Fairbairn and the Iron G... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    William Fairbairn and the Iron G... @ SHEFFIELD Kelham Island Museum
    Nov 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm
    A lecture by Richard Byrom
    Nov
    28
    Tue
    2017
    6:00 pm A call to ARMs @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    A call to ARMs @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Nov 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:15 pm
    A personal account from Professor Stephen Furber,  the developer of the RISC chip used in all your smartphones. This is a joint meeting with The Computer Conservation Society. Please note earlier start time of 6pm
    Dec
    6
    Wed
    2017
    7:00 pm Two Knights at Pandemonium: the ... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Two Knights at Pandemonium: the ... @ BIRMINGHAM: Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
    Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Professor Jennifer Tann
    Dec
    13
    Wed
    2017
    5:45 pm Understanding the Gas Industry’s... @ LONDON Dana Studio,
    Understanding the Gas Industry’s... @ LONDON Dana Studio,
    Dec 13 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Professor Russell Thomas
    Dec
    21
    Thu
    2017
    6:30 pm Shipbreaking versus the Law @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building,
    Shipbreaking versus the Law @ PORTSMOUTH: Portland Building,
    Dec 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by Michael Galley
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