Sad news of the passing of our former President

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Sir David William Hardy, former President of AFRMG. Sir David passed away on April 9, 2020 at the age of 89. Sir David was the first President of AFRMG when it was set up as the American Fund of the National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory Greenwich, in 2003. He played a key role in attracting the first supporters and Patrons to the fund, and in developing links between the organizations, many of which hold strong today. He will be fondly remembered by friends on both sides of the Atlantic. Royal Museums Greenwich has created a fund for donations in memory of Sir David. Please follow the link if you would like to make a contribution.

Paddy Rodgers joins the Board as Director

Paddy Rodgers, former Chief Executive Officer of Euronav, and now Director of Royal Museums Greenwich joined the Board of AFRMG in November 2019. Having qualified in law, Paddy entered the shipping industry as Director of Arethusa Offshore Drilling. He joined Euronav in 1996 as UK Director, before becoming Chief Financial Officer in 1998, Chief Executive Officer in 2000, and main board director in 2003. During his tenure Euronav became one of the largest international shipping companies in the world. Paddy stepped down in June 2019. A local resident of Greenwich, London and with a passion for art, history and literature, he has been a visitor to the Museums at Greenwich for many years and recently became a Life Patron. This summer he took up his new role as Director, Royal Museums Greenwich.

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Recent Grants

In a grant to AFRMG, The Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation is supporting the current exhibitions Woburn Treasures showing in the Queen’s House. Highlights of this exhibition includes significant loans by artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Canaletto from the Woburn Abbey collection.

The Dr Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation has awarded AFRMG a $10,000 grant towards Royal Museums Greenwich’s schools learning programs at the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre in Kidbrooke, London. The award will help fund 7 programs allowing children to engage in Art, Science, Technology and Humanities working alongside curators, store managers and the learning team.

Gifts of Artefacts

The Jean Kislak Collection of art and artefacts relating to Nelson’s famous mistress, Emma Hamilton, is on loan from AFRMG to Royal Museums Greenwich. These artefacts were kindly gifted to AFRMG by the late Jay Kislak.