Museum Friends, Members, Volunteers

The museum was founded in the late 1980s by a group of dedicated volunteers and while we now benefit from the services of a well-experienced professional manager, it still relies on voluntary effort for its efficient operation.

Apart from our Board of Directors, responsible for the operation of the museum, and our Trustees, who are responsible for the care and development of the Museum’s collection, we have a large group of Friends - effectively season ticket holders. Then there are Trust Members, who are more involved in work with the collection and its care, the mounting of exhibitions, and related activities. Members may become eligible for election as Trustees.

Supporting the whole operation of the Museum, of course, is our precious band of volunteers. Apart from our Manager and our Admin.Assistant, we’re all volunteers here. Most of us work around three hours per week on the entry desk / shop, or as gallery guides. There are other areas of work as well, of course, and a list of volunteers’ roles appears HERE. Please contact us at the Museum if you would like more information.

Friends don’t pay to enter the Museum of course, but due to a legal quirk, Members do! Obviously, the Members usually sign up as Friends as well. Our current annual membership scale is as follows:
Friend: £8.50
Two Friends at the same address: £12.00
Family (Two adults plus their children under 16): £15.00
Member: £1.50 (Individual memberships only, and members must be aged 18 or over). Please note that this fee will be reviewed over the next year.

If you are interested in joining our happy group in any of these capacities, please read on! If you simply want to hear a little more about events at the Museum, via an occasional newsletter, fill in the form on this page and you will find yourself on our email list; we promise not to bombard you!

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