National Library of Scotland: Sir Drummond Bone appointed new president


A former senior vice-principal of the University of Glasgow has been appointed the new president of the National Library of Scotland.

Prominent scholar Sir Drummond Bone, currently chairman of the Wordsworth Trust, said he was excited to help grow the library as it heads towards its centenary in 2025.

Trained at the Ayr Academy at the University of Glasgow and Balliol College in Oxford, Sir Bone began his career as an English teacher, notably for his work on Byron.

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His first post was at the University of Warwick, but in 1980 he returned to Glasgow. After 20 years at the University of Glasgow, he became Principal at Royal Holloway University in London, Vice-Chancellor in Liverpool and Master of Balliol College from which he retired in 2018.

Sir Drummond Bone

Sir Bone has served as Chairman of Universities UK and Chairman of the UK Libraries Research Reserve Project. He has been chairman of the Liverpool Capital of Culture Company, vice chairman of the Northern Way and chairman of its science and innovation committee, served on the technology and innovation committee of the CBI and was a consultant for many organizations involved in international higher education. He chaired the Arts and Humanities Research Council, retiring in 2021.

Sir Bone said: “As a frequent user of the library over the past century, I am delighted to help develop it in the 21st century, as it approaches its centenary in 2025.

“It’s a new world for libraries, with the ability in the digital world to reach so many more people, with so much interest to share. ”

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Culture Minister Jenny Gilruth added: “I warmly congratulate Sir Drummond Bone on his appointment as President of the National Library of Scotland.

“He has had an illustrious career as an expert in English literature and is a recognized scholar of the works of Byron – a legendary writer who spent his childhood in Scotland and who has a strong presence in the collections of the National Library.

“Sir Drummond Bone has also held impressive leadership positions in the wider cultural sector and this highly relevant experience will be invaluable for the National Library as it nears its centenary in 2025.”


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