Director of National Museums Liverpool at our March Cultural Cities forum


Laura Pye, Director, National Museums Liverpool (Gareth Jones)


How will museums attract visitors back post Covid-19? Laura Pye, Director of National Museums Liverpool, will take part in our March forum on 'Cultural Cities' to talk about the public realm master plan being put in place for visitors linking the city's NML museums. This is the second discussion in our 'Cultural Cities' series which began with a debate led by Gus Casely-Hayford, Director of the V&A East in January.


Born in Liverpool, Laura returned to the city following several years as Head of Culture for Bristol City Council with responsibility for the five museums in the city. Prior to moving to Bristol, she was interim Heritage and Culture Manager for Warwickshire County Council, covering a similar mix of services to Bristol including the Museums and Archives, Arts, Archaeology and Ecology teams.


At the start of the year, NML announced a project to transform the city's waterfront as part of a 'decade of change'. It identified designers who could create pedestrian links to Canning Dock, whilst also bringing to life multiple buildings as part of a 10-year master plan for the dock area.


The highlight of the building transformations will be the redevelopment of the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building - formerly the Dock Traffic Office - which stands as a focal point of the Royal Albert Dock and which will provide a dynamic and prominent entrance to the city's International Slavery Museum (SM) as part of the plans.


Laura said: