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East Grinstead Museum was founded in 1976. It its transformation from a Charitable Trust to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The Museum is independent, being managed by a board of eight voluntary trustees, and is totally dependent on grants, sponsorship and donations for its income. An exciting new opportunity has arisen for the board to recruit a new trustee to help take the Museum forward into its next phase of development.
The Museum is housed in a purpose-built building, just off the High Street, which opened in September 2006. The building costs were covered by an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund and community fundraising initiatives. The Museum is open 5 days a week, including weekends and Bank Holidays, and admission is free. The Museum's permanent displays focus on the history of the town and its surrounding villages. Artefacts and memorabilia are interspersed with interactive touch screens and film. Part of the gallery is used for temporary exhibitions, that cover local subjects. These are frequently mounted in conjunction with local community groups. In 2016, the Museum was awarded a further Heritage Lottery Fund grant to develop permanent displays in the Museum to tell the story of the pioneering plastic surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe and his patients known as the Guinea Pig Club, who were based at The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. The Museum offers a programme of activities during school holidays, aimed at children between the ages of five to eleven. The Museum often receives visits by groups and schools arranged to suit their needs. Outreach talks are regularly given to local community organisations. and a further programme of talks. A part-time Museum Manager and a part-time Collections Officer are employed, with all other roles being undertaken by volunteers.
The trustees have ultimate responsibility for the Museum and are collectively responsible for its governance. The role of trustees is to ensure that the Museum has a clear vision and strategic direction, is sustainable and complies with the law.
Key Responsibilities of this Trustee role
The role of a trustee for the Museum is varied, exciting and hugely rewarding. Key responsibilities for this trustee role are:
It is essential that trustees should have/be:
Suitable applicants will be invited for an informal discussion at the Museum with two existing trustees and the Museum Manager