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.

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    Sep
    25
    Tue
    2018
    6:30 pm NW Regional AGM + Lecture: Georg... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    NW Regional AGM + Lecture: Georg... @ MANCHESTER Museum of Science & Industry
    Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Newcomen North West AGM followed by Peter Reed’s lecture:  George E Davis and the Dawning of Chemical Engineering in Britain. The founder of the Chemical Trade Journal who taught at Manchester Technical College – the[...]
    Oct
    3
    Wed
    2018
    7:00 pm The R101 Disaster and the Broken... @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    The R101 Disaster and the Broken... @ BIRMINGHAM ThinkTank, Birmingham Science Museum,
    Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Bryan Lawton
    Oct
    9
    Tue
    2018
    6:00 pm The Battle for a Grand and Deep ... @ NEWCASTLE Discovery Museum
    The Battle for a Grand and Deep ... @ NEWCASTLE Discovery Museum
    Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    A lecture by Dr Leona Skelton: The Battle for a Grand and Deep River, The Tyne Improvement Commission’s Visionary Engineering Work, 1850 – 1968
    Oct
    10
    Wed
    2018
    5:45 pm Henry Ford’s Holiday in 1928 @ LONDON 75 Cowcross St,
    Henry Ford’s Holiday in 1928 @ LONDON 75 Cowcross St,
    Oct 10 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    A lecture by Professor David Perrett: Henry Ford’s Holiday in 1928    . Please note change to venue.
    Oct
    16
    Tue
    2018
    6:30 pm The Refurbishment of Hammersmith... @ PORTSMOUTH University of Portsmouth
    The Refurbishment of Hammersmith... @ PORTSMOUTH University of Portsmouth
    Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    A lecture by Paul Jackson: Refurbishment of Hammersmith Viaduct. The lecture is planned to be held at the University of Portsmouth commencing at 6.30p.m.  The building and room will be confirmed in due course.
    Oct
    18
    Thu
    2018
    7:30 pm Surveying the UK’s oldest comple... @ BRISTOL BAWA
    Surveying the UK’s oldest comple... @ BRISTOL BAWA
    Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    A lecture by David Hardwick: Surveying the UK’s oldest complete Newcomen Engine House, Brislington, 1740
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