Applications Invited for Trustees for Weymouth Museum

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Weymouth Museum Trust would like to invite applications for new trustees to play a leading role in the future of this important town museum and its collection.

Weymouth Museum Trust is constituted as a registered company and charity and its trustees are responsible for the effective governance of the museum and ensuring it fulfils its mission and delivers its vision.

Board members will also perform an ambassadorial role for Weymouth Museum and represent a visible and strong public face of the museum.

We are looking for individuals with a broad cross-section of skills and experience who can support both its business and creative development.

Background

Weymouth Museum Trust was formed in 2010 and its role is to manage the Weymouth Museum which is open to the public and a local studies centre. The Museum currently operates from a temporary space within the Brewers Quay building in Hope Square. The Museum has about 20,000 items in its collections which include fine art, social and community history, photography, costume, ceramics, maritime history, transport and local industry.

Weymouth Museum is currently looking to move into a large ‘designed for purpose’ space within the historic brewery building adjacent to Weymouth Harbour, putting heritage on the town map for which it has achieved a Round 1 HLF pass for an £800,000 programme to create immersive displays. Temporary exhibitions, new storage and local research facilities, learning offers, activity programmes, partnerships, outreach, disabled access and retail will create a museum for the future and a vital heritage asset for Weymouth residents and visitors.

Role Description
Weymouth Museum trustees provide vision, direction, control and accountability in fulfilling the Museum’s public purpose

All successful candidates will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of and commitment to the objectives and work of Weymouth Museum Trust
  • Experience of community museums or heritage organisations
  • Commitment to supporting fundraising activity.
  • Excellent communications and networking skills.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a diverse team
  • The ability and commitment to allocate sufficient time to the role.

Desirable Criteria

Successful candidates will also need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Experience of working in the museums and heritage sector.
  • The ability to raise funds for the Museum, or work collaboratively on potential sources of funds
  • Business development and/or marketing skills
  • Experience of developing and managing volunteer teams

In total the board are looking to recruit three new members.

Selection Process

Selection will be undertaken by the current board. The panel will take account of the need to maintain Board diversity.

Time Commitment

The Board meets six – seven times a year. Successful candidates may additionally participate on one or more advisory groups, meeting no more than 3 times a year.  Additional time will be required to study papers, attend events at the Museum and to represent the Museum at other functions.

Location of Meetings

Committee meetings will be held either at the Museum or a nearby Weymouth location.

Remuneration

The post is unpaid.

Term of Appointment

Three years

How to apply

Applicants should submit an up to date CV, and a single page (A4) statement.

The closing date is 12 noon on Wednesday 6th February 2019

Applicants will be notified by 15th February 2019

Weymouth Museum is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from people regardless of gender, age, marital status, disability, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependants.

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