Abbie will be taking up the role of Chief Operating Officer at Ironbridge Gorge Museums- a collection of 10 museums in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

Abbie King, Director of Shire Hall Museum, said: “I joined Shire Hall as a freelancer in 2017 and never left! I’ve had a rollercoaster of 5 years and have achieved so much. It’s time now, however, for someone else to take on the challenge to move Shire Hall to the next stage of its life.

I’ve met the most amazing people whilst working here, both staff and volunteers, and they will be the hardest thing to leave behind. The trustees have always had faith in me and that has given me the courage to test out new things and push the boundaries of normal museum practice. Shire Hall aims to be there for everyone in the community and I’m sure that will carry on into the future.”

Abbie has been instrumental in the success of Shire Hall Museum. After originally joining the team as Assistant Director in 2017, Abbie became Director in 2020 just as the country went into lockdown.

Over the last two years, Abbie has not just seen Shire Hall through an extremely challenging period but also worked hard to secure the Museum’s future.

David Clarke, Chair of the Shire Hall Trust, said: “On behalf of my fellow trustees, we are delighted for Abbie’s success but will be very sad to see her leave. The Trust is indebted to her for her wonderful contribution to ensuring the viability and growing vitality of Shire Hall Museum as a community hub of learning, cultural activity and social interaction.

“Abbie has been with the Trust since 2017 and was appointed Director in March 2020. One of the most difficult periods for all cultural, arts and museums because of COVID and the enforced series of closures.

“Abbie’s professional commitment and dedication ensured the continuity of our Museum through this very difficult period by her direction and support of the staff and volunteers. Improving the financial viability of the Trust by attracting major grants and growing the commercial base so as to support our award-wining learning and community hub at Shire Hall.

The Trust thanks Abbie for her tremendous contribution and wishes her every success in her new role.”

Recruitment for a new Director of Shire Hall Museum has begun. For more information, please click here