An exciting opportunity has opened up to help lead a new chapter for this historic heritage attraction, following a £3m refurbishment, helping more visitors gain knowledge of the natural world to help ensure its survival.
Following a successful application to Heritage Lottery in 2016, the Museum re-opened in May 2018 after a major £3m rebuild. This includes a new car park, a new café and entrance, a new shop and new galleries and support for additional programmes of activity. The aim of the HLF project has been to give the Museum greater long term sustainability and financial resilience.
Our ambition is increase the numbers using the museum, either as visitors or as attendees at events and courses. The new Chair has a unique opportunity to help shape the direction of the museum in this new phase. Events such as weddings are proving a growing source of income. We need to widen our appeal to include more of our potential audience. We are well situated geographically - 314,000 people live within 30 minutes drive and 3 million live within 60 minutes drive. We see our unique collection of heritage assets – museum collections, buildings, gardens and parklands – as a springboard, inspiring our visitors to make their own journeys into the natural world.
The team of 25 staff and 100 volunteers at the Museum are highly committed and have achieved great progress recently, particularly with the re-launched areas which have put the museum firmly on the regional map. In return for your commitment, you can be assured a personal sense of satisfaction and the support and encouragement of the team who are excited to welcome the right, enthusiastic individual to the helm.
In the Trustees’ view the post is best suited to someone living within 45 minutes travelling time of Selborne.