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Trustee Open Call 2021

Being a Trustee is a fantastic way to support the Garden Museum and help shape its future. Our Board is made up of 14 individuals whose skills and experiences help us to deliver our mission: to explore and celebrate British gardens and gardening through our collection, exhibitions and events. Our Trustees champion the Museum, its work and aims, and support the team of 30 members of staff.

We are seeking three new Trustees to join the Garden Museum’s Board of Trustees and to offer perspectives and knowledge which are currently under-represented. While Trustees play a role in all aspects of the Museum, we are particularly seeking candidates with experience in one of the following areas:

1. A Trustee with a background in legal practice or charity administration to offer support and advice. As the Garden Museum expands, so does our remit; we are involved in a project to ‘green’ the area around the building and another with a family Trust to revive the artist-gardener Cedric Morris’s house and art school in Hadleigh, Suffolk. These projects would benefit from legal or charity expertise. Experience of HR or personnel would also be beneficial.

2. A Trustee to represent the Museum’s subsidiary charity, the Tradescant Trading Company, which operates our café, venue hire and retail. Since our re-development our venue hire activity has tripled, and our café – which, unusually for the sector, we run ourselves – was awarded best restaurant in a museum in the world by Leading Cultural Venues in 2018. We’re looking for a Trustee with expertise in similar commercial operations who can become a sounding board for this side of our work.

3. A Trustee to bring fresh ideas and perspectives. Since re-opening in 2017 we have welcomed an additional audience which is younger, often city-dwelling, more diverse, and more digitally-aware. We’re looking for a Trustee who reflects this audience, with new ideas to share which will enable us to develop this area of our work further.

Please refer to the attached recruitment pack (the button marked ‘Job Description’) for further details about being a Trustee.

To apply please use the below portal OR email your CV and a short expression of interest and reference to which role you are hoping to fill, of no more than 2 pages, to recruitment@gardenmuseum.org.uk by 10am on Monday 8th March 2021.

If you have any questions about your application, or would like to speak to someone before applying, please email Development Manager, Christina McMahon, at Christina@gardenmuseum.org.uk.


  • Apply by: 08/03/2021
  • Anticipated time commitment: one day a month
  • Trustee
  • Voluntary
Job Description