Tony Butler has been Executive Director of Derby Museums since January 2014. Derby Museums includes Derby Silk Mill, the site of the world’s first factory and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Derby Museum and Art Gallery which contains the world’s finest collection of works by the 18th century artist Joseph Wright. He is currently overseeing the £16.5m redevelopment of the Silk Mill as Derby’s Museum of Making – Inspired by the makers of the past, Made by the makers of today, Empowering the makers of tomorrow
Prior to that, Tony was director of the Museum of East Anglian Life for nine years. He repositioned the organisation as a social enterprise and led a major capital development programme involving the restoration of a Queen Anne mansion and associated buildings.
In 2011 he founded the Happy Museum Project, to create an international community of practice to explore how museums could contribute to a society in which well-being and environmental sustainability were its principle values. Happy Museum has supported 22 UK museums to develop projects which build mutual relationships with audiences and ‘steward the future as well as the past.’
Tony read History and Welsh History at Aberystwyth University and has an MA in Museology from University of East Anglia. He was the Fellow for Museums on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2007-08 and Fellow of the National Arts Strategies chief executive programme in the US . he is also a a Fellow of the Museums Association. He is also Director of Mission Models Money, and is trustee of Kids in Museums.