At http://www.nrm.org.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/2009/newnrmdirector.asp is the announcement of the new director. First impressions count and these are good. The gentleman is standing in front of a Garratt locomotive. Not at the NRM but near his existing institution (I think it may be Gorton works?). The successful candidate is Steve Davies MBE. He is described as having a passion for railways and he is currently head of the Greater Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. That runs at least three major railway themes: Liverpool Road Station of the Liverpool and Manchester, Garratt's from Beyer Peacock and Woodhead. But also such a museum is good at seeing the railway in its context and that will be an important task at York. The same press release also noted that the retiring Director Andrew Scott will continue in his pro tem role as the head of NMSI until the summer of 2010 (earlier posts explain this convolution).
For an appreciation of Steve Davies when he arrived at Greater Manchester look at