William Blair has been Head of Human History at National Museums Northern Ireland since 2009. He led the development of the new ‘TITANICa’ exhibition at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum (2011) and was author of its companion book Titanic: Behind the Legend. More recently he curated ‘The Ulster Crisis: Irish Home Rule and the Ulster Covenant’ which opened at the Ulster Museum in September 2012. He is currently leading the re-development of the modern history galleries at the Ulster Museum, a project titled ‘Connecting History’.
William was previously responsible for the development of the award winning Mid-Antrim Museums Service in County Antrim (1998-2009).
Currently a director of the Irish Museums Association, during his career William has represented the museums sector in a variety of roles at both local and national level. He is also a member of the UK Government Advisory Committee in Northern Ireland on the Commemoration of the First World War.