The Joint Committee considered a report on a
Charitable Body to support Museums. The
main advantages of a development trust for museums were highlighted
in paragraph 2.2 of the report.
Creating such a body is in the Museums
Worcestershire Strategic Plan 2019-2024 as a development priority
for the service. Museums Worcestershire
currently overseas a charitable trust, the Tickenhill Collection Trust, as part of its
management of the Worcestershire County Museum. The County Council were looking at ways to improve
the Charity Commission’s reporting requirements and depending
on the outcome it may be most efficient to integrate the two
streams of work together.
The Museums Manager, in presenting the report,
informed the Joint Committee that research has been undertaken into
successful models and the CIO, Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust,
which supports Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s museum
service is proposed as an effective structure. The Museums Manager presented more detail about
the best practice model supported by a powerpoint presentation.
At its meeting in January 2019, the Joint
Museums Committee set aside £2.400 from the museum general
reserves to bring in any external legal or financial expertise
required to undertake the next stage of work on the Tickenhill Trust. It
was proposed to increase this to £10,000 to encompass all the
external advice required for both work strands.
The Museums Manager responded to questions
from Joint Committee Members on the best practice model who agreed
that the proposal was the best way forward.
The increase from £2,400 to
£10,000 from the museums general reserves was agreed by the
Joint Committee Members to fund the costs of external expertise
required to support the setup process.
The Museums Manager confirmed that a progress
report would come back to the Joint Museums Committee in due
RESOLVED: That the
approve in principle the setup of a charitable body that would
support fundraising for the City and County museums; and
agreed to set aside up to £10,000 from museum general
reserves to fund the costs of external expertise required to
support the setup process.