Museum Director : Richard Wendorf


Richard Wendorf became the fifth Director of the American Museum in Britain in 2010. Previous to this appointment he served as the Stanford Calderwood Director and Librarian of the Boston Athenæum for twelve years, from 1997 to 2009. Before joining the Athenæum, he served for eight years as Librarian (director) of the Houghton Library and Senior Lecturer on the Fine Arts at Harvard University. Earlier in his career, he was Professor of English and Art History at Northwestern University, where he served for four years as the undergraduate academic dean.
Wendorf serves as Visiting Professor at Bath Spa University and served as a trustee of the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution for six years. He is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London, an elected member of the Pilgrims and of the Athenaeum (London), and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars.
As a scholar, Wendorf specializes in portraiture, eighteenth-century British art, literature, and cultural history, British and American library history, British and American printing history, and the theory and history of collecting. He has published eleven scholarly books and co-edited several others.



Read the feature on Richard in the Museums Journal here

First published in Museums Journal Vol 121 No 1, a publication of the Museums Association