During 2014 meetings were arranged by Canterbury City Council (CCC) for those interested in being involved with keeping a museum in Herne Bay. They informed the meetings of their proposed strategy for the future management and running of the museum. CCC would welcome the museum being managed by a community-based organisation comprising volunteers. Its plan, as advertised in late spring/early summer 2014, is to seek to contract Herne Bay Museum to an appropriate ‘Delivery Partner’ who would be responsible for the provision of museum services.
The ‘Delivery Partner’ would be expected to support the delivery of CCC’s Museums and Galleries strategy and key objectives within it and using this ‘to drive continuous improvement of the service for customers and residents’. The specification for this and the ‘Heads of Terms’ (HoT) set out in detail the areas of responsibility for CCC and the ‘Delivery Partner’. At a late summer meeting 35 interested individuals put forward their names to support the project to keep a museum in Herne Bay.
In October 2014 the decision was made to set up a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), The Herne Bay Museum Trust, that could respond to CCC’s specification and HoTs and consider the proposal to tender to provide management services for Herne Bay Museum. The CIO charitable objective is “to support and maintain Herne Bay Museum for the benefit of the community”. The application to the Charity Commission has been completed with seven Trustees nominated. The Trust will be constituted under the ‘foundation model’ whereby up to 9 Trustees may be appointed, and the Trustees elect new Trustees when the situation arises. Should the Trust become a membership organisation it can change its constitution to the ‘association model’ whereby the membership elects Trustees.
Colleen Ashwin-Kean: Guesthouse Proprietor Herne Bay, Grounds Maintenance SERCO, Trustee, Secretary, Herne Bay in Bloom; Director, Friends of the Clock Tower; Trustee, Vice Chairman, Programme Secretary Herne Bay Historical Records Society
Mike Bundock: Finance Director, Company Secretary; Trustee, Chairman, Curator-Archivist, Herne Historical Records Society
Clare Goodwin: former Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery, The Burrell Collection; Project Manager On-line Exhibitions V & A
Susan Heald: former Organiser and Manager, Groundwork, West Durham
David Kingham: former publisher of scientific, medical, legal books and journals. Formerly Executive Committee Chairman of the Friends of Bristol Museums Gallery and Archives Chairman of the Fundraising Committee.
Alan Porter: Auditor, Website developer, Trade Union Representative, Company Director, Lecturer.
Ian Tittley: Curator, Researcher, Collections Manager, Natural History Museum London; post retirement NHM Scientific Associate researcher. Trustee: Kent Wildlife Trust, Kent & Medway Biological Records Centre, Kent Field Club (Natural History Society of Kent); Executive Committee Committee member, Herne Bay Historical Records Society.