Wessex Museums Partnership

Four museums working together to tell the amazing story of Dorset and Wiltshire.

It’s a story of the land and its people. From old bones and carved stone, to ancient treasure and dazzling jewels. Mighty ships to menacing weapons. Paintings, pottery and much-loved literature.

Our partner museums will be swapping ideas, sharing expertise, exchanging objects and hosting joint exhibitions. Our aim is to inspire you to explore and enjoy the fantastic art and heritage of Dorset and Wiltshire… and discover what makes Wessex so special.

Dorset County Museum - Explore 250 million years of the county’s history, from fascinating fossils to Roman remains, Victorian life to much-loved Wessex literature. (The museum is currently closed for refurbishment, but will open again in the summer of 2020)

Poole Museum - Marvel at the unique collection of shipwrecks and seafaring items from Poole’s days as the maritime centre of Wessex, as well as the world’s greatest display of Poole Pottery.

Salisbury Museum - Discover 500,000 years of history - from the archaeology of ancient Wessex to contemporary art - all in a stunning medieval building

Wiltshire Museum - Be dazzled by gold from the time of Stonehenge, see Britain’s best Bronze Age archaeology collection, and admire the weapons and jewellery that tell Wiltshire's Saxon story.

Join us as a trustee – and help shape the future of Wessex Museums

Would you like to…

  • Be part of a dynamic and innovative museums partnership?
  • Develop your skills in new areas?
  • Build a network of contacts in the arts and heritage sector?
  • Gain experience in strategic planning?
  • Be part of promoting culture in the South West?
  • Be involved in the planning of exciting art and exhibition programmes across four museums?
  • Use your experience to give something back to the community?

The Wessex Museums Trust is seeking a Financial Lead Trustee who holds strong connections to the region, has financial management skills, and has a passion for art, culture and heritage.

Wessex Museums comprises four museums which tell the stories of Dorset and Wiltshire from prehistoric times to the present day – Dorset Museum, Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum. Together we form the charity, the Wessex Museums Trust and are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). Our ambition is to inspire more people to explore and enjoy the outstanding art and heritage of our region.

It is an exciting time for Wessex Museums. This year we have seen a series of pioneering initiatives come to fruition including an artist-in-residence programme, our partnership interpretation strategy and the launch of our new brand identity. In summer 2021 we will present a major exhibition on the life and work of Thomas Hardy which will be displayed simultaneously across the four museums, before touring to other venues nationally. Alongside this, the Wessex Museums Trust is embarking on a major new phase of organisational development.

At such a pivotal time for the charity we are looking for one trustee to take a financial lead for the charity. This is not a traditional Treasurer’s role, but rather an opportunity to provide sound financial oversight and help shape the financial strategy for an organisation with ambitions to grow in the region. As such, experience in one or more of the following areas would be an advantage:

  • Financial management and strategy
  • Organisational/charity leadership and development
  • Business and enterprise
  • Fundraising
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Digital strategy

If you are interested in becoming a Financial Lead Trustee, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please get in contact with a few details about yourself and we will send you the full role profile. Alternatively click here for the role profile. If you have already seen the role profile and are interested in applying please send your CV and a covering letter to the details below. Closing date is 10 January 2020.

Kristina Broughton, Wessex Museums Partnership Manager Phone: 01202 262611 Mobile: 07792 407101 Email: kristina.broughton@bcpcouncil.gov.uk


Wessex Museums Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1171104