Gordon steels himself for museum role

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A FORMER figurehead of Sheffield’s steel industry is taking a lead role in the city’s culture.

Gordon Bridge, a previous Master Cutler, has been appointed to take over as Museums Sheffield’s voluntary chair of trustees from November.

Mr Bridge joined Museums Sheffield’s board of trustees in 2010 and takes over the chairmanship from Sandra Newton, who is stepping down after three years.

Sandra said: “The last three years have seen Museums Sheffield deliver the highest quality experiences for the people of Sheffield and our visitors.

“The board and all the staff have worked tirelessly to achieve this while all the time seeking to reach a more secure financial base. It has been a privilege to work with them.”

One of Mr Bridge’s big challenges will be coping with Museums Sheffield’s decline in funding after the loss of a bid for £1.4m a year from the Arts Council.

He said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to take on the role of chair of Museums Sheffield. Sandra has helped to steer Museums Sheffield through difficult times with energy, enthusiasm, and commitment.

“I believe that museums and galleries play a vital role in the life of the city, and it is my aim to champion that role to the best of my abilities.”