Neil Ballantyne has acted as Manager of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum since June 2008. Kelvingrove, the largest museum in Glasgow, exhibits work by Dali, Rembrandt, Titian and Van Gogh and receives over 1 million visitors per year.
Mr. Ballantyne has worked in museums since 1993. He worked as a Heritage Assistant in Lanarkshire for three years, followed by seven years as Social History Curator. He was promoted to Manager of Summerlee: Scotland’s Museum of Industrial life in 2003. Summerlee is a 26-acre site containing cottages, a tramway, working steam vehicles, a coal mine, exhibition hall and canal, receiving 150,000 visitors per year. During Mr. Ballantyne’s period in charge of Summerlee, he managed a £10 million capital project from concept to delivery.
He studied history at Stirling University, gaining an Honours Degree in 1991, then went on to complete a Masters Degreee in Museum Studies at Leicester University in 1992. From 1998 until 2004, Mr. Ballantyne studied part-time for a PhD in History at Strathclyde University, and was awarded the degree in August 2004.