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Dame Mary Archer is Chair of the Science Museum Group Board of Trustees. Dame Mary served as a Trustee of the Science Museum Group (then known as the NMSI), 1990–2000, and became chair in January 2015. She started her career as a physical chemist and has taught Chemistry in Oxford, Cambridge and London. Dame Mary has also had a long association with the NHS, serving as chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2002–2012, and a founder director of Cambridge University Health Partners, 2009–2012. In 2012, she was appointed DBE for services to the NHS.

We recently announced the temporary closure of our five museums in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our Chair of Trustees and former chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Dame Mary Archer, reflects on this news.