March 2020 Trustee Vacancies


Three trustees covering Museum Management and Educational Outreach; Finance; Fundraising

Kent Mining Heritage Foundation, Deal, Kent

The Kent Mining Heritage Foundation has been created to collect, preserve and interpret the heritage of the East Kent Coalfield since the cessation of mining and provide for the leisure and welfare of the coalfield community. Betteshanger Country Park seeks to attract up to 200,000 visitors per annum, bringing economic innovation, jobs, investment, tourism and regeneration to a disadvantaged area of East Kent.

We are recruiting three new trustees to join our Board to oversee the heritage and financial aspects of the charity. We would like to attract trustees who could provide strategic oversight and direction in the following three areas: museum management and educational outreach; financial management; and fundraising.

The museum management and educational outreach specialism will include matters such as:

• Collection management, including advising on the process of Museum Accreditation
• Exhibition and interpretation design and curation
• Programme development and management
• Learning and audience development
• Ensuring that the museum is firmly embedded with key stakeholders, including the mining community
• Identifying external funding opportunities and leveraging in core and project funding.
• Overseeing good management of the Charity’s finances

The financial management specialist will among other things provide guidance on:

• Keeping accounts
• Annual reporting to the Charity Commission
• Overseeing annual audit
• Strategic financial planning

The fundraising specialist will guide the charity in:

• Establishing appropriate fundraising targets
• Guiding fundraising operations
• Communicating with donors

We meet twice a month, Daytime (Usually Friday Morning)

For more information contact Chairman Des Crampton

Deadline 31 March

Chair of Trustees

Museum of Bath Stone, run by Combe Down Stone Legacy Trust, Bath, Somerset

This is an exciting time for the museum as it works towards Museum Accreditation and its next stage of development. We are looking for someone who can continue this work and bring their own skills, knowledge and passion to lead the Board and the Museum in developing its new strategy. We meet six or seven times annually spread across three Saturdays and four evening meetings.

For more information contact Jen Morgan

Deadline March 16

Trustees with experience in Museums and Collections; Digital Communications/Marketing/E-Commerce; Fundraising

River and Rowing Museum Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

The River and Rowing Museum (RRM) is one of the country’s leading independent museums, attracting 118,000 visitors per year, with a reputation for high-quality exhibitions and an excellent learning and events programme. Housed in an award-winning David Chipperfield designed building on the banks of the River Thames, the Museum’s galleries tell the interweaving story of the River Thames, the art it inspires, the international sport of rowing, and the town of Henley.

The Museum was one of ‘The Times’ 50 best Museums in the World in 2013 and has twice been shortlisted for ‘Kids in Museums’ Family Friendly Museum of the Year.

Our recent strategic planning has highlighted the need to attract new specialist skills to our Board.

We are looking for Trustees with expertise in the areas of:

• Museums and Collections
• Digital communications/marketing/e-commerce
• Fundraising

For all roles, candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills, be willing to be an ambassador for the organisation, be interested in developing opportunities, have the vision to achieve excellence and an appreciation of the charity sector, particularly within culture and heritage.

For a detailed candidate pack please email Marlijn Wijkhuizen

Deadline 20 March


Forncett Industrial Steam Museum, Norwich, Norfolk

Forncett Industrial Steam Museum is seeking to recruit up to four new Trustees to assist with directing the museum’s affairs. Forncett is a small, independent, volunteer-run museum which became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2018. The museum is officially working towards Arts Council England’s Museum Accrediation, a national benchmark standard for museums.

The Board welcomes applications from passionate individuals with skills and experience in any of the following:

• Retail and/or catering
• Digital marketing
• Events management

The Board meets six times a year in the afternoon. For an informal chat, please contact Rowan Francis 01508 488277.

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Rowan Francis, Forncett Industrial Steam Museum, Low Road, Forncett St Mary, Norwich, NR16 1JJ or email

Further details are available at

Deadline 16 April 2020, informal interviews will be held on 30 April 2020


The Stained Glass Museum, Ely, Cambs

The Stained Glass Museum is currently recruiting Trustees to join its governing board. This is an exciting time to join the Board of Trustees; the museum is currently developing a strategic future plan to ensure the Stained Glass Museum can be more accessible and resilient in the future.

This plan is emerging from a two-year project entitled ‘Windows onto the Future’ (spring 2018-spring 2020) funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund grant through the Resilient Heritage scheme.

We are looking especially for individuals with professional experience in any of the following areas:

• HR/Legal
• Capital Development Projects
• Development and Fundraising

Experience of working in a similar committee or charity is not essential but may be useful. Knowledge of stained glass and/or museums is not required for this role, although an interest in art and heritage is desirable.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and utilise your skills to help run a successful small museum and take part in shaping its future development.
Trustees meet approximately five times a year (usually in Ely, Cambridgeshire but occasionally in London), on a weekday.

Deadline 3 April 2020 noon

To find out more contact Dr Jeffrey West or Dr Jeffrey West, Chairman of the Board, The Stained Glass Museum, South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, CB7 4DL

Trustee Roles

Pendon Museum, Long Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

We’re seeking new Trustees with experience of marketing, managing culture change, HR and educational skills in the museum sector. We meet four times a year, with two additional general meetings.

To find out more contact Trustee secretary 07774 652504.

Treasurer; Trustee leading on Education; Trustee leading on Planning

Markfield Beam Engine and Museum, Haringey, London

MBEAM is a Museum with a wonderful working steam engine set in an early Victorian sewage works, that was a pioneer in public health in north London in the 19th and 20th centuries. We are situated in a park in the Lea Valley, which offers visitors experiences in heritage, community activities, and nearby beautiful nature walks.

As we advance our ambitious plans to expand the work and facilities of the Museum, we are particularly looking for accounting/financial skills, education experience, and strategic thinkers to help us take our proposals forward. In return for your enthusiasm and engagement, we offer a friendly warm environment, a hardworking team, and lots of opportunities to bring your ideas and creativity to our Museum. We meet on weekends or evenings as necessary four or five times a year.

Please get in touch for an informal chat about your interests and our plans for the future.

To find out more contact

Deadline 24th April

Trustee, Nautical Museums Trust (The Shipwreck Museum), Hastings

The Nautical Museums Trust – which owns and operates the award-winning Shipwreck Museum in Hastings – is looking for new Trustees to help run the museum and build its future. We have a unique collection of nautical archaeology salvaged from wrecks along our coastline, that bring the stories of global seafarers to life. We also have responsibility for five wrecks.

We welcome potential Trustees with any background who have an enthusiasm for the conservation and sharing of our shoreline heritage, however we have identified particular skills gaps in curation, learning, income generation, digital, nautical archaeology and marketing. We meet six times a year during the daytime.

Deadline 30th April

To find out more contact