was born in Northern Ireland, grew up in England, and studied Irish History at Edinburgh University. After first working as a history teacher in a state school, he began his museum career as an educator at the Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton, before moving to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, and then the V&A, where he was Director of Learning and Interpretation until 2010. As Co-Director from 2004 of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of museums, universities and cultural institutions, he made a significant contribution to the development of the area as London's first cultural quarter.
In 2010 he joined Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales as Director General. At Amgueddfa Cymru, he has overseen the transformation of St Fagans Museum to become the National Museum of History for Wales, and the development of new programmes and research on the role of museums in society, including initiatives to redress the impacts of poverty on children through cultural participation.
David Anderson is a member of the Board of Creative and Cultural Skills, and the Advisory Committee of British Council Wales. He has written many articles on museums and cultural policy, a UK government report on museums and learning, and two children's books.