Born 11 July 1947; s of Wilson Elliot Farnell and Mary Montgomerie Wishart Farnell (née Crichton); m 1969, Jennifer Gerda (née Huddlestone); one s
Managing Director, MuseumsEtc Ltd, since 2009
Loughborough Grammar Sch.; Edinburgh Univ. (MA); London Film Sch. (DipFilm Studies)
FMA 1989; FSAScot 1976; MBIM. Asst Keeper, Mus. of East Anglian Life, 1973–76; Curator, Inverness Mus. and Art Gall., 1976–79; Dir, Scottish Museums Council, 1979–86; Dir Gen., Museums Assoc., 1986–89; Man. Dir, The Development (formerly Museum Development) Co. Ltd, 1989–94; Publishing Ed., IMS Publications, 1994–96; Man. Dir, Heritage Development Ltd, 1996–2008; Director: Heritage Business International, 2005–08; Heritage Development International, 2006–08. Publisher: New Heritage (formerly Heritage Development) magazine, 1996–2003; Heritage Business.net (formerly Heritage Insider, then Heritage Business) newsletter, 1998–2008; Heritage Retail mag., 1999–2003; Heritage Restoration mag., 2000–03; Heritage 365 mag., 2003–08. Director of films: Documentary, 1970; Jagger, 1971; Capital, 1972
(ed) The American Museum Experience, 1986; The Handbook of Grants, 1990, 2nd edn, 1993; (ed) The European Heritage Directory, 1998; (ed) New Museums in China, 2005; (ed) Museums of Ideas: commitment and conflict, 2011; (ed) The Photographer and the Collection, 2013; High Ground, 2013; (ed) Interpreting the Art Museum, 2015; (ed) The Museum Blog Book, 2017; contribs to Museums Jl, Internat. Jl of Mus. Management and Curatorship, Museum (Unesco), Industrial Soc.
baroque opera, contemporary music, photography