Jenny Layfield

Museum Director
National Coal Mining Museum for England, Wakefield, England

Jenny joined the National Coal Mining Museum for England as Museum Director in October 2019. The Museum aims to illuminate the past and light the future of England's connection with coal, mining, and its rich heritage. Having led the Museum through her first pandemic she is now working with the team to develop a ten-year master plan looking at how to develop the full breadth of the site to tell the story of coal from zero to hero to net-zero!

Prior to joining the NCMM Jenny spent 15 years with the National Trust firstly as a Human Resources specialist before moving into operations management, spending her last five years as the General Manager for Nostell an 18th Century treasure house based in Wakefield.

Jenny is also passionate about culture’s role in placemaking and is a Board member on Creative Wakefield whose ambition is to ensure Wakefield is a happy, prosperous, welcoming, and inclusive place where culture and creativity are everywhere and for everyone.

Guardians of the Deep: The National Coal Mining Museum for England