The museum property is owned by the Council, with the Trust having a lease plus delivery agreement which give the Trust authority to run the site as a museum and the responsibilities that go with it.
With a board of trustees chaired by Dr David Thackray (recently retired from the National Trust) the Trust has overseen a period of dramatic change at the museum, all following best museum practice, and with a growing team of dedicated volunteers from the local community. Through facilitated workshops and with the help of local Museum Development Officer, Elizabeth Neathey, the Trust has developed a rigorous management framework, complete with all documentation as required by Arts Council England’s professional museum Accreditation standard. The museum is now a fully Accredited museum.
The museum is run by Mike Pringle and Hilda Sheehan. Both look after the museum, raise funds, organise events, etc., and, when possible are employed to deliver specific grant-funded work. They are joined by regular volunteers (including Suzie, Terry, Justin, Claire, Di, Robert, Beth, Mark, Rob, Ian and dozens more) who work on tasks in arts, crafts, gardening, tidying, stewarding, kitchen work etc..
The museum receives no regular funding
from the Council or any other body, with all
funds dependent on fund-raising, income
generation and grant applications.
If you can help us with funding in any way, please see here - every tiny bit means the world to us. If you want see more about what we are about, watch this short film (above) made by Historic England when we were shortlisted for the Best Community Project in the Historic Angels Awards competition funded by Andrew Lloyd Webber: