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Timothy Aidan John Knox, FSA (born 9 August 1962) is a British art historian and museum director. Since March 2018, he has been Director of the Royal Collection, the private art collection of the British Royal Family. The Royal Collection, held in trust by The King for his successors and the nation, comprises almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, runs to more than a million objects and is spread among some 15 royal residences and former residences across the UK. [1] From 2013 to 2018, he was the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge.


He was educated at Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire, and took a BA at the Courtauld Institute of Art. [2] In 1989 he was appointed Assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings Collection. In 1995 he joined the National Trust as its Architectural Historian and in 2002 became that organisation's Head Curator. Among the projects with which he was involved were the restoration of the gardens of Stowe House, the acquisition of Tyntesfield and of the Workhouse in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, and the restoration of the Darnley Mausoleum in Cobham Park, Kent. [3]

From 2005 to 2013, he was Director of Sir John Soane's Museum in London, where he oversaw a restoration project of Nos. 12 and 14 Lincoln's Inn Fields, the two houses flanking the original house-museum created by the Georgian architect Sir John Soane. [3] Since 2009 he has been a member of the editorial board of the Georgian Group. He has been Vice-Patron of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association since 2012. [2] From 2013 to 2018, he was the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. [4] In January 2018, it was announced that he would be the next Director of the Royal Collection: he took up the position in March 2018 thereby joining the staff of the Royal Household. [5] In this role, he took part in the 2023 Coronation. [6]

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  2. 1 2 "Knox, Timothy Aidan John" . Who's Who . Vol. 1920–2014 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black. Retrieved 19 August 2014.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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  4. "Knox, Timothy Aidan John, (born 9 Aug. 1962), Director, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, since 2013; Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, since 2013". Knox, Timothy Aidan John. Oxford University Press. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.45306.{{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
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  6. "Coronation order of service in full". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2023.