Sir Peter’s focus will be on delivering the Museum’s Vision 2025 masterplan, which will create a new Central Hall and make a widespread transformation across the site.
The aim is to create an internationally renowned railway museum destination.
Hendy replaces the outgoing Chair, Anton Valk CBE, the CEO of transport company Abellio. It is hoped that his appointment will provide strategic guidance and strengthen the museum’s ties with the rail industry.
The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, and Locomotion in Shildon. Sir Peter was appointed to the Science Museum Group’s Board of Trustees in 2018.
Under Sir Peter’s guidance, a new exhibition called “Innovation Platform” will be developed at the National Railway Museum and at its sister museum, Locomotion, at Shildon in County Durham.
Starting in June 2022, the exhibition will focus on giving visitors access to new objects from the contemporary rail industry. It will last for two years and exhibit a number of significant objects.
Hendy said: “With developments such as Central Hall’s ‘Futures Gallery’, the new interactive Wonderlab, and other temporary exhibitions, the rail industry is starting to see the museum as a significant resource for engaging and inspiring the next generation of engineers and operators and showcasing ground-breaking British 21st century technology.”
As well as overseeing the development of Vision 2025, Sir Peter said he also wants to ensure that Flying Scotsman’s centenary year in 2023 and the bicentenary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 2025 are “truly nationwide celebrations.”
Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum thanked outgoing Chair Valk for his “unwavering commitment to this museum” and said Hendy will “keep us sharp and help us to take every opportunity that presents itself.”