Tim Knox was appointed Director of the Royal Collections in November 2017 having been Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge since 2013 and of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London prior to that.
Brought up in Nigeria and Fiji, he studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He was Assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings Collection 1989-95, and moved to the National Trust, first as its Architectural Historian, becoming its Head Curator in 2002. He is Historic Buildings Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Chairs the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu Panel. He is a member of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the Design of Coins, Medals, Seals and Decorations, a Trustee of the Pilgrim Trust, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Society of Dilettanti. He is Co-Patron of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust, which he helped found and Chaired 2000-2004.
He regularly lectures and writes on aspects of architecture, sculpture and the history of collecting. Recent publications include Sir John Soane’s Museum London (2010), and The British Ambassador’s Residence Paris (2011).