New top gun in time of change at Royal Armouries

A new director general has been appointed at the Royal Armouries museum.

English Heritage director Edward Impey will take up his new role in October, and replaces Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley who resigned last year to pursue other interests. He was also receiving treatment for cancer.

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Dr Impey, 51, is an Oxford graduate with degrees in history and archaeology and joined English Heritage in 2002. He has been its director of heritage protection and planning since 2011. The father-of-two is also a former curator of royal palaces and has penned two Tower of London history books.

Royal Armouries’ chairman Wes Paul said: “We are delighted by Edward’s appointment. He brings that rare combination of knowledge, expertise, leadership, established networks and a passion for the subject and he joins us at a very important time of change at the Armouries.”