South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Chairperson - Friends of Corinium Museum

The Friends of Corinium Museum are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic Chairperson to lead the Managing Committee, following the retirement of its Chairman who has fulfilled the role since the organisation was created in 2006.


The Role The Friends of Corinium Museum are seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic Chairperson to lead the Managing Committee, following the retirement of its Chairman who has fulfilled the role since the organisation was created in 2006. In addition to heading up the Committee, the Chairperson is expected to liaise with the Museum Director and have time available to attend other meetings and events as necessary. Applications would be welcomed from people with the following attributes and experience:
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to negotiate, persuade and influence people
  • A proven track record of leadership and achieving results
  • Well-developed financial and analytical reasoning skills
  • A readiness to play a leading role in fundraising and cultivating sponsorship
  • Interest in and knowledge of the heritage sector
  • Time to dedicate to the role In line with the rest of the Committee, the role is voluntary and unremunerated.


Background Corinium Museum has arguably the finest and most extensive Romano-British collection relating to a town and its hinterland in the world. It holds large and internationally significant collections of archaeology, social and rural history and is recognised as a major archive of outstanding archaeological material being used by researchers from all over the world. The Museum premises are owned by Cotswold District Council, but have been managed since August 2013 by SLM Ltd as part of the Council’s outsourcing of its leisure property portfolio. Corinium Museum is in its final stages of a National Lottery Heritage Funded project “Stone Age to Corinium – Discover the Archaeology of the Cotswolds”, which will create new Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Early Roman interactive galleries. Objects that are currently in storage will be conserved and put on display for the first time, including rare stone and bone tools, rock art, beakers and other grave goods. This will help in the writing of a complete history of the pre-Roman occupation of the Cotswolds. The work has been partly funded by the Council, but has relied upon significant other fund raising undertaken by or channelled through the Friends.


The Friends of Corinium Museum Established in 2006, the body is a registered charity (No. 1118026), with some one hundred and twenty members. Its role is:

  • To raise funds for the benefit of the Museum.
  • To act as a conduit for grant payments for specific projects.
  • To help acquire new artefacts, with guidance from the Director.
  • To engage members of the local community in the Museum’s activities, providing a sociable body, assisting the Director and supporting the Museum’s objectives.
  • To help raise awareness of the Museum and improve its profile within the community.


The Committee of nine is drawn from the membership, all in a voluntary capacity. There are three Trustees of the charity, currently the former Chairman, the Secretary and the Treasurer. The Committee meets four times a year, organising a number of events for members, culminating after the 31st October year end with the AGM, which is usually held in November.


For further details about this role please contact Amanda Hart amandahart@slm-ltd.co.uk To apply for this role please submit a CV and covering letter to Tony Berry, Friends of Corinium Museum, Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester. Gloucestershire. GL7 2BX by no later than 5pm on 28th February 2020.

Organisation name: Friends of Corinium Museum

Contact name: Sarah Lewis

Contact email:

Contact phone number: 01285655611

Contact website: http://www.https://coriniummuseum.org/support-us/jobs/

Type: Volunteering

Location: Corinium Museum

Deadline for completed applications: Friday 28 February 2020

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