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Thriving Museum Boards: Growing Trustee Diversity

Hampshire Solent Museum Development Programme/University of Portsmouth Masters in Corporate Governance and Law Student Project 2014-15

UPDATE 28 October 2014:

We're delighted to announce that three Hampshire Solent organisations have been successful in applying for places on this project. The project museums are:

  • Fordingbridge Museum
  • King John's House Museum
  • Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

About the project

Trustees play a crucial role in the leadership of a museum. Their role is to make sure the museum is running well and is doing what it was set up to do. Most museum Trustees are volunteers and perform their important role without pay.

Many museums lack sufficient Trustees to ensure the sustainability of their organisations. They find it difficult to recruit new Board members when someone retires from the Board. Many also lack diversity in their Trustee populations. The two issues are closely linked. When museums look for new Trustees from within their existing networks of contacts, both the number and range of potential Trustees are limited.

If this sounds like your museum, an exciting project is here to assist. Over the next six months, working with the School of Law at the University of Portsmouth, we'll be helping museums to gain the benefits of having a diverse Board of Trustees and address their succession planning issues.

As the central element of the project, three museums will have the opportunity of intensive support, which will equip them with the knowledge and tools to be able to successfully recruit, develop and retain effective Trustees from a wide range of backgrounds. The participant museums and students will also contribute to the development of a resource package that other museums can use after the project ends.

The project will be delivered by a postgraduate students drawn from the University of Portsmouth’s LLM Corporate Governance and Law programme. Entry to this programme is for law and non-law graduates, practising lawyers and business professionals. It is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and is often chosen by graduates seeking a career as a Chartered Secretary.

As well as having support from the School of Law faculty, the Museum Development team will provide the students with a briefing on relevant legislation, good practice and information sources, as specifically relevant to museum Boards. Each museum will be matched with one or two students.

Want to find out more? Read the Information Sheet.

Download GovernanceMATrustees_information_sheet_v1_0.docx...

To apply for a place on the project, return your Expression of Interest form by 9.00am on Monday 22 September 2014.


Download GovernanceLLMTrustees_EoI_form.docx...