Industry profile: Richard Doughty

Richard Doughty

Job title
Museum Director

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

How long have you been working at NMMC?
Nine months

Company description
NMMC is the leading museum in the country for the collection, interpretation and promotion of stories of small boats and leisure sailing and their roles in people's lives and the maritime heritage of Cornwall and its people.

Tell us a little about yourself
I am a museum and gallery professional with experience of working in Local Government, National Museum and the Independent Charities sector. I have over thirty years’ experience managing and marketing museums, planning and delivering cultural events and developing exhibition and educational programming. Prior to moving to Cornwall I was the Project Champion for the conservation of Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

Your job in a nutshell
Inspiring people with stories about the sea, boats and Cornwall

Five things that you do in a typical week
1. Walk the galleries
2. Smile at visitors
3. Pinch myself when I look out of my office window across the marina and Falmouth Harbour
4. Complain if the sun is shining (rain is generally good for business)
5. Count my blessings for having relocated to Cornwall

What do you love most about your job?
Messing about with boats!

What professional achievement are you most proud of?
Raising Cutty Sark 3.6M in the air and reinstating her as a premiere London visitor attraction

What is vital in your role?
You need creativity and patience. Professional qualifications include a relevant degree, a postgraduate qualification in museum studies and a sense of humour. An understanding of what constitutes a good day out.

What’s next on the agenda?
Now we have our fabulous new ‘Viking Voyagers’ exhibition open I have turned my attention to the stories we are telling elsewhere in the museum. I want to check they are the ones that the public are interested in. We are also taking a fresh look at the museum building to see if it is fit for purpose as a visitor attraction and considering opportunities to improve visitor comfort and enjoyment.

Top tip for new recruits in the tourism industry?
Always stay on message

Where can you be found when not at work?
On the water

If you didn’t work at NMMC or in the tourism industry where would you work?
Boat building