KIDS IN MUSEUMS plan a year of change for their 10th anniversary

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Kids in Museums celebrates becoming an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and advertise for a new Chair of the Board

Kids in Museums, the independent charity dedicated to making museums open and welcoming to all families, in particular those who haven’t visited before, announce today a series of new initiatives to begin the celebrations of their 10th anniversary in 2018.

The organisation has been given NPO (National Portfolio Organisation) status with Arts Council England (ACE) for the first time, and has been awarded £160,000 per year for the next four years to support its work in making attractions and cultural organisations more welcoming and accessible to children and families. The ACE grant means that as a Sector Support Organisation’ Kids in Museums can build on its existing initiatives, such as the Kids in Museums Manifesto and the Family Friendly Museum Award, to encourage and guide museums and galleries across the country to make family visits more engaging and enjoyable.

The charity is also beginning the recruitment process to find a successor to its Chair of Trustees, Sandie Dawe CBE. Sandie, who is also a Heritage Lottery Fund Trustee, a Board member of London and Partners and a former CEO of VisitBritain, will be stepping down in the autumn of 2017 after her term of office ends.

Sandie Dawe, CBE Chair of Trustees said:

“Our new Chair will inherit a small and passionate organisation, which punches well above its weight. This is a time of progression and transition for us: we have just been awarded NPO status in England, our work in Wales is well supported by the Welsh Government, and we are embarking on a programme of work in Scotland.  With our Heritage Lottery Fund Resilient Heritage grant we will be seeking to build our competence and capacity to carry out our mission more widely and deeply – to give every child and family the opportunity to enjoy, participate and learn from visits to museums and galleries.”

Bernard Donoghue, Deputy Chair of Trustees said:

“Sandie has been the most inspiring, hard-working and enthusiastic Chair of the Board and we will miss her hugely. She has led the staff and volunteer team to even greater achievements and securing NPO status and Arts Council funding for the next four years is a great legacy for her successor.”

The Chair’s job description can be found here.

Kids in Museums invites written applications (2 sides of A4 plus a CV) describing why applicants think they are suitable, why they would like to be the Chair and what skills and experiences they would bring to the role.

The appointment process will be undertaken by a nominations committee of Trustees and they hope to be able to appoint by September.

The deadline for applications is Friday 11 August and applications should be addressed to Bernard Donoghue, Deputy Chair, Kids in Museums, CAN Mezzanine, 7 – 14 Great Dover Street, Borough, London SE1 4YR or to bernarddonoghue@alva.org.uk.

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