Vacancy for Chairman
The Trustees of the Ashford Borough Museum are seeking to appoint a Chairman of the Museum Management Committee to succeed Mike Boulding.
Mike stepped down at the 2017 AGM in May, after a very successful eight years as Chairman. This is three years longer than his original commitment, which was for five years. Mike remains an active member of the museum now as one its five trustees.
The role is voluntary and the time involvement is a flexible.
Ashford Borough Museum
The Ashford Borough Museum is an accredited museum run entirely by enthusiastic volunteers and with the material support and encouragement of Ashford Borough Council.
This support is in the form of heritage premises which the museum occupies. The current museum location is the Wilks Hall, a 17th century schoolroom in St Mary’s Ashford churchyard, plus the adjacent building that was formerly used as the tourist information centre. Ashford is currently developing a heritage strategy for the borough and alternative larger heritage premises to hold the collections and provide more exhibition space in a more accessible location may be forthcoming.
The museum also has assistance and advice from the South East Museums Development Programme.
The museum’s collections are managed by a team led by the volunteer Curator. The museum is open from April to October with weekend extensions into the autumn dependent on the availability of stewards. Each April there is an opening of the new exhibitions for the year focussed on a topical anniversary or subject of particular interest in the borough. Visitor numbers have been generally increasing year on year and there are visits to the museum by schools and youth groups as well as tourists and families tracing their roots in Ashford. The Curator and others also make outreach visits to schools and care homes: these are much in demand. The museum is also a part of the increasing visibility and promotion of Ashford’s varied heritage.
The Ashford Borough Museum has built strong network links with other museums in Kent, aided particularly by Wheels of Time, a badge collecting scheme encouraging the exploration of 25 Kent heritage sites for 5-11 year olds, which is led by the Ashford museum.
The Chairman's role
The role of the Chairman is:
- To lead and be a team member of the Management Committee , working with Curator, Treasurer, Secretary, and other members of the Management Committee, and the wider team of museum volunteers
- To chair and report to Members at the AGM and Committee meetings three to four times a year
- To identify actions to the trustees and to liaise with and represent the museum to the Borough Council and other museums and organisations
- To encourage further ambitions for the museum that are realistic, and supported by the Committee
The role profile for the Chairman that the trustees are seeking is:
- Experience in managing a team, and delegating to others who are clear in their roles
- Strong interest in the history and heritage of Ashford town and borough would be an advantage
- Interest in or existing, local connections and networking to promote the museum
- Knowledge of local government – at a parish or borough level
- Knowledge of museum good practice
- Funding experience
Ashford Borough Museum Society aims to encourage diversity amongst its volunteers to ensure that they are representative of all sections of society and surrounding community and welcomes expressions of interest from any member of the community who believes that they can fulfill the role, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background (as long as this does not pose risk to children, young people, or vulnerable adults).
How to apply
For more information about the role and to express an interest, contact Mike Boulding on 01233 628963, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 10 November 2017.