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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    9:00 am Symposium: The White Salt Industry @ NORTHWICH The Lion Salt Works Museum
    Symposium: The White Salt Industry @ NORTHWICH The Lion Salt Works Museum
    Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    An all-day Symposium on the technologies associated with White Salt is being organised by the North West Branch. It will take place at The Lion Salt Works Museum outside Northwich (10 minutes from M6 Junction[...]
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