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Royal Museums Greenwich seeks new Trustees

Royal Museums Greenwich seeks new Trustees

Closing Date
10 August 2021
Time Commitment
2 days a month

The Prime Minister is seeking three new Trustees to join the Board of Royal Museums Greenwich.  By virtue of its sites and subjects, Royal Museums Greenwich enjoys a unique conjunction of subjects – History, Science (in particular, astronomy), Arts – and works with its audiences at local, regional, national and global levels to provide a greater understanding of Humanity’s connection with the sea, space and time. We are particularly seeking candidates with a public profile or expertise and experience that can enhance the Museum’s reputation and reach.  We would also especially welcome applications from candidates with an interest or background in Astrophysics.

The Prime Minister is also looking to appoint at least one Trustee who has the potential to become Chair of the Board. The Chair is elected by the Trustees from amongst the Trustees, and the current Board has decided to look outside its current membership for a new Chair, and are therefore seeking a potential candidate from amongst the new appointees.

DCMS is committed to eliminating discrimination and advancing equality of opportunity in its public appointments. We particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, those based outside London and the South-East and applicants who have achieved success through non-traditional educational routes. This ensures that boards of public bodies benefit from a full range of diverse perspectives and are representative of the people they serve.


The National Maritime Museum was opened by King George VI in 1937. The Queen’s House was part of the Museum from the outset whilst the Royal Observatory, Greenwich was an addition of 1953.  The Cutty Sark was donated to the National Maritime Museum collection in 2015, and in 2011 Her Majesty The Queen formally approved ‘Royal Museums Greenwich’ as the new group brand. The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre, completed in September 2017, then consolidated and upgraded the collections storage and conservation functions on the Museum’s Kidbrooke site.

The Museum’s collection comprises more than 1.5 million items including ship models, scientific and navigational instruments, oil paintings, prints and drawings, manuscripts, rare books, ships plans, sea charts and historic photographic negatives.  Looking forward, we are thinking about how we serve our communities and where our priorities lie, reshaping how we work with each other and with our stakeholders, prioritising outputs that are relevant and meaningful to them and using our collections and expertise to their fullest potential.

Person Specification

The Board of Trustees is now seeking three new trustees amongst which at least one candidate with the capability to chair the Board.

All candidates will need to demonstrate in their application that they meet the majority of following essential criteria to a high standard:

  • Good communication skills and the willingness and the ability to, individually and as part of a team, act as an advocate for the Museum and a supporter of staff in areas such as research, media and funding
  • The ability to lead change at a large, public-facing organisation;
  • A strong interest in and commitment to the mission and values of the Museum, as well as its future development.
  • A commitment to preserving cultural heritage, and improving education and understanding of British and World history.
  • A strong commitment to engaging communities outside of London, and factoring UK-wide perspectives into all decision making.

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