What I do
Chris Michaels is Digital Director of the National Gallery.
His role is to ask how digital economics, data and insight, technology and media can help give the public new access to one of the world’s great collections of European art. Chris is also a Trustee of The Collections Trust, the body that manages the data standards for the museum and galleries sector. He is an advisor to the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. He was a writer for ‘The Manual of Digital Museum Planning’ the first comprehensive book on the role of digital in museums.
Before joining the National Gallery, Chris was Head of Digital & Publishing at the British Museum for three years. Before working in the cultural sector he was joint CEO of startup Mindshapes, which made mobile apps for the education market. He has held senior roles in a media and television company, in publishing and in digital advertising. He has a PhD from the University of Bristol.