Jim Bennett Retires

Director  of the Musem, Jim Bennet, retires todayProfessor Jim Bennett retired on 30th September after 18 years as Director of the Museum of the History of Science. Jim’s creative, energetic and hands-on approach to running a Museum saw the MHS and its audience grow year on year. When he started at the Museum, it received under 20,000 visitors a year. A large-scale redevelopment in 1999 paved the way for extended opening hours and a programme of ambitious special exhibitions and events which have increased the audience numbers tenfold.

Exhibitions curated by Jim range from high-profile academic shows such as the recent ‘The Renaissance in Astronomy’ to the more quirky ‘Steampunk’ and ‘Bye-bye Blackboard’, all of which have captured the public’s imagination. He has contributed enormously to the Museum’s standing in Oxford and internationally.