Retirement News – Dieter Hopkin

We would like to wish our colleague and friend of many years, Dieter Hopkin, every happiness as he embarks on a well-deserved retirement as of January, after a long and illustrious career of service to museums.

Dieter has been with Museum Development Yorkshire for over twelve years, as Museum Development Officer for North Yorkshire.

Colleagues past and present are especially gratefully to Dieter for the extensive knowledge and experience that he has brought to the Museum Development Yorkshire team. We believe that all museums in Yorkshire and the Humber have benefited greatly from the breadth and depth of his knowledge, especially with regard to collections and their care, social and industrial history, and the art and science of museum governance and management, amongst many other aspects.

Dieter has been diligent and supportive, whilst often bringing appropriate challenge to the museums that he has worked with. Perhaps on occasion, and rightly so, even to his colleagues! He will be missed, especially, by the North Yorkshire museums with which he has worked closely over many years.

Dieter began his career in museums in 1983, working as a local and social history curator in Derbyshire. He has worked in Yorkshire since 1989, when he joined the National Railway Museum in York where he worked for many years.  Dieter was also an Associate Tutor at the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester for over ten years. He is an Associate and Fellow of the Museums Association, and has published on both his passions of railway history and museology.

Whilst we are sorry to lose Dieter, we are delighted for him that he will have more time to enjoy his hobbies and interests in retirement.

Dieter will be finishing work in the run up to Christmas, in mid-December. If you would like to pass on any greetings and good wishes, you can send those directly to Dieter or to

We will shortly be initiating the process of advertising and recruiting for a successor to Dieter’s role. We will keep you informed of developments with regard to this from January.

We will also be retaining Dieter’s input and advice for some specific pieces of work in 2023, so you may still have some opportunities to benefit from his knowledge.