High flyer takes over controls at Museum of Flight

Steve McLean, General Manager, National Museum of Flight.
Steve McLean, General Manager, National Museum of Flight.

NATIONAL Museums Scotland has appointed Steve McLean (46) as general manager of the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune.

Dundee-born Steve joins the popular East Lothian attraction following 21 years in management roles at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. Latterly, he was responsible for the management of the organisation’s Discovery Museum, the Hatton Gallery and the Great North Museum where he project-managed the £26 million development of the attraction, which received over 850,000 visitors in its first year.

Steve studied geology at The University of Aberdeen and museum studies at the University of Leicester, and then spent a year as a volunteer for National Museums Scotland, working on a prestigious excavation project at East Kirkton, Bathgate.

He will now be responsible for the day-to-day management of the National Museum of Flight, as well as developing and overseeing events including the attraction’s spectacular annual Airshow.

Steve said; “The National Museum of Flight is a unique attraction set in wonderfully atmospheric surroundings and containing fantastic and significant aircraft within its collections. I’m delighted to be working once again with National Museums Scotland and to be joining the expert team here. I plan to use my experience to further develop the visitor experience at the National Museum of Flight to make it even more accessible and enjoyable.”