New year gong for museum director
Officer who took on terrorist and NHS champion also among those recognised in honours list
08 January, 2019 — By Tom Foot
London Transport Museum director Sam Mullins
THE director of the London Transport Museum (LTM) has been recognised with an OBE in the New Year’s Honours.
Sam Mullins joined the museum, in the former Covent Garden flower market, in 1994. It has since become a world leader in its field.
Annual visitor numbers have more than doubled to around 400,000 under his stewardship.
Mr Mullins said: “I’m thrilled to be included in the New Year’s Honours list. Being recognised in this way proves that museums have a big role to play in people’s lives. My colleagues and I are developing new ways to inspire people to get involved with museums – through unique experiences, employability, skills, training and volunteering.”
Mr Mullins is also a historian and co-author of Underground: How the Tube Shaped London (2012).
He is also vice-president of the Association of Museums, a trustee of the SS Great Britain in Bristol, the Museum Prize Trust, and chairman of the Canal & River Trust.
Since 2008 the transport museum has operated as a charity, with public funding coming from the Arts Council England.
PC Nick Carlisle, one of the unarmed Metropolitan police officers at the gates outside the Houses of Parliament last year, when terrorist Khalid Masood burst through with a knife and killed his colleague PC Keith Palmer, was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.
He was one of several Met police officers recognised following the Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks.
Claire Murdoch, who left Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust this year for a job as national director of Mental Health of NHS England, has been made a CBE for services to the NHS.
She said: “I love the NHS and my 35 years working in it. But I have always worked as part of a team.
“I am privileged to accept this honour by remembering all the great dedicated people I have worked with, and still do; above all, the patients and families I have had the pleasure to help.”
The 58-year-old added: “I’m looking forward to the next important years, more determined than ever to deliver an improving NHS.”