THE running of Herne Bay Museum is to be transferred from the city council to a trust. The local authority has agreed to transfer ts operation to the Herne Bay Museum Trust, the charitable organisation formed after a series of meetings in the autumn. It is intended that the museum opens for summer in July, although the trust will have access to the building from the start of June. Trust chairman Ian Tittley said:
“The hard work starts now. We had a meeting on Friday and we hope we have enthused people about the museum. We estimate we will need about 80 volunteers giving about half a day a month – we don’t want to overburden people.”
The detailed financial arrangements of the agreement are confidential, but the city council will pay the trust a management fee of £20,000 a year for the first three years, while there is also a £15,000 grant from Arts Council England to refresh the venue. The trust is proposing to change the identity of the museum – this will entail a new name and colour scheme, reflecting the change in management.
• If you would like to get involved with the running of the museum, e-mail Phil Rose at email@example.com
Herne Bay Times, April 1st 2015