About us

Tenbury & District Museum, administered by the Tenbury & District Museum Society, was opened in 1977.  Day to day management is by officers and a committee, all elected annually from the membership at its AGM in November.


Current committee:
Chairman – Liz Finlay
Vice-chairman – Vacancy
Secretary – Mike Thompson
Treasurer – David Patrick
Committee members –  Monica Rees, Phil Rees, Tracey Morris, Phiippa Lees and Dawn Brueton.
The committee also includes representatives from Malvern Hills District Council and Tenbury Town Council.

Annual subscription to the society is £5.00.  If you would like to join, contact us on our email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The museum is staffed by volunteer stewards whose role is to ensure that visitors have as enjoyable a time as possible whilst also looking after the collection.  We are always looking for more stewards, no previous experience is necessary, just a bit of local knowledge and enthusiasm about the history of the area.  During the closed season there is always plenty of conservation work to keep us busy, so if you would like to find out more come and see the steward on duty or contact us on our email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you are interested in volunteering to work in a friendly atmosphere and help maintain historic Tenbury and become a valued part of the community, please go to the Volunteer tab and complete the application form there.

The volunteer roles are listed below.  We also welcome anybody who would like to help, but not necessarily in a formal role.  If you would like to join in this informal capacity, just drop us a note via the e-mail link above.



Chairman
Role Chairman
Purpose Lead the society
Responsibilities Chair the meetings
Act as society spokesperson and point of contact
Maintain links with other organisations
Oversee the production of official reports, forward plan etc
Oversee the process of Accreditation
Hours As necessary
Where will I be working? As needed - some could be at home
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Leadership and networking
Able to communicate effectively to a wide range of people
Knowledge of history and organisation of the Museum society
Knowledge of Accreditation process
What’s in it for me? Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people
Develop and improve the Museum Society
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? TenburyMuseumSociety Committee
Who am I responsible to? TenburyMuseumSociety Committee
 
 
Vice Chairman
Role Vice Chairman
Purpose Stand in for chairman
Responsibilities Chair the meetings in the chairman’s absence
Assist the Chairman
Maintain Register of Society Members
Hours As necessary
Where will I be working? As needed - some could be at home
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Leadership and networking
Able to communicate effectively including IT skills
Knowledge of history and organisation of the Museum society
Knowledge of Accreditation process
What’s in it for me? Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people
Develop and improve the Museum Society
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? Chairman
Who am I responsible to? TenburyMuseumSociety Committee
 
 
Secretary
Role Secretary
Purpose Administer the running of the society and ensure legal compliance
Responsibilities Organise meetings, produce Committee papers etc.
Deal with correspondence for the society including e-mails
Check that all data protection, insurance, public and volunteers safety and protection policies and Charity Commission submissions are in place and current
Hours As necessary
Where will I be working? As needed - some could be at home
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Organisational skills
Able to communicate effectively including IT skills
Knowledge of history and organisation of the Museum society
Knowledge of Charity Commission
What’s in it for me? Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people
Develop and improve the Museum Society
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? Chairman
Who am I responsible to? TenburyMuseumSociety Committee
 
 
Treasurer
Role Treasurer
Purpose To oversee the financial business of the society
Responsibilities Maintain financial records and monitor income and expenditure
Alert committee if finance falls below sustainability
Produce financial reports and audited annual accounts
Liaise with the Vice Chairman to collect annual membership subscriptions
Exploit development opportunities – grants, sponsorship, partnerships
Maintain a relationship with Charity Commission
Ensure payment of regular accounts i.e. Insurance
Maintain a petty cash system.
Responsible for donation box emptying, recording and banking
Record retail sales sold on behalf and for the benefit of the Museum
Hours As necessary
Where will I be working? As needed - some could be at home
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Previous experience in managing finance desirable
Attention to detail
Good record-keeping
What’s in it for me? Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people
Develop and improve the Museum Society
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? Chairman
Who am I responsible to? TenburyMuseumSociety Committee
 
 
Collections Care
Role Collections Care
Purpose Collections management
Responsibilities Maintain existing displays and create new displays to make  the collections interesting to visitors
Produce  collections management plans and policies, including acquisition and disposal policy
Make recommendations to committee for acquisition or disposal of items
Maintain and develop collections information – accessions register, database, labels, information sheets, graphics, etc
Maintain and improve care of collections – condition of individual objects, display and storage conditions
Maintain environmental records
Head the Emergency Team as set out in the Emergency Plan
Liaison with Worcestershire Museum Development Officer
Hours As necessary
Where will I be working? Tenbury & DistrictMuseumor Pump Rooms and as necessary –some could be at home
Accessibility The museum and Pump Rooms are accessible to disabled people.
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Knowledge of care and conservation of artefacts or enthusiasm to attend courses
Ability to create displays
Knowledge of local history
Computer skills
What’s in it for me Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people
Develop and improve the collection
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? Tenbury and District Museum Society Committee
Who am I responsible to? Tenbury and District Museum Society Committee 
 
 
Visitor Services
Role Visitor Services
Purpose Ensure the smooth running of the museum
Responsibilities Manage all volunteers to ensure museum is run smoothly including recruitment and training.
Maintain register of volunteers
Manage volunteer stewards to ensure museum is open and welcoming including organizing the rota.
Maintain records of visitors and users
Liaise with learning and outreach volunteer over provision of talks, workshops etc.
Hours As necessary
Where will I be working? Tenbury & DistrictMuseumor Pump Rooms and as necessary –some could be at home
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Organisational and management skills
Able to communicate effectively to a wide range of people and have a friendly and approachable manner.
IT skills.
What’s in it for me Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people and contribute towards developing the museum and keeping the collections accessible
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? Tenbury and District Museum Society Committee
Who am I responsible to? Tenbury and District Museum Society Committee 
 
 
Museum Steward
Role Museum Steward
Purpose Be present at the museum during opening hours.
Responsibilities Ensure that all visitors feel welcome and have the relevant information to enjoy their visit.
Share interesting facts and stories about the collection
Encourage visitors to give donations and sign the visitor’s book
Encourage sales.
Open and close the museum. (Key holder responsibilities)
Safeguard the museum and artefacts.
Take messages
Abide by guidance in the Stewards Handbook
Help raise the profile of the museum and increase visitor numbers.
Hours 2½-3 hours per session
Where will I be working? Tenbury & DistrictMuseumor Pump Rooms
Accessibility The museum and Pump Rooms are accessible to disabled people.
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Able to communicate effectively to a wide range of people and have a friendly and approachable manner.
Be reliable and punctual.
Trustworthy.
Basic computer skills.
Knowledge of local history
What’s in it for me? Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Meet interesting people and contribute towards developing the museum
Share stories and talk to visitors about our proud market town.
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? Visitor Services volunteer
Who am I responsible to? Tenbury and District Museum Society
 
 
Publicity
Role Publicity
Purpose Advertise the museum
Responsibilities Advertise specific events
Produce articles, leaflets and press releases for all media
Evaluate events and publicity for future planning
Oversee the production of newsletters
Assist Learning & Outreach Volunteer with outside events
Hours As necessary
Where will I be working? As needed - some could be at home
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Organisational skills
Able to communicate effectively to a wide range of people
Excellent computer skills.
What’s in it for me? Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people
Develop and improve the Museum
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? Tenbury and District Museum Society  Committee
Who am I responsible to? Tenbury and District Museum Society  Committee
 
 
Learning and Outreach
Role Learning and Outreach
Purpose To use the Museum as a learning asset for the community
Responsibilities Provide learning opportunities for schools and other groups both in house and as outreach
Liaise with visitor services and Collections Care over other public talks, etc.
Organise the society’s attendance at outside events
Hours As necessary
Where will I be working? As needed – some could be at home
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Organisational skills
Able to communicate effectively to a wide range of people
IT skills.
An educational background would be an advantage
Special Requirements CRB check (provided by Museum)
What’s in it for me? Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage
Meet interesting people and contribute towards developing the museum
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? Tenbury and District Museum Committee
Who am I responsible to ? Tenbury and District Museum Committee
 
 
Museum Maintenance
Role Museum Maintenance
Purpose Ensure Goff’s School is maintained for the safety of volunteers, visitors and artefacts
Responsibilities Report to Tenbury and District Museum Society Committee any defects in the fabric of the building
Maintain the building and environment  as instructed by Tenbury and District Museum Society Committee
Carry out small scale repairs
Hours As necessary
Where will I be working? Tenbury & DistrictMuseum
Accessibility The museum is accessible to disabled people.
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Experience of maintaining buildings
Able to carry out a range of basic repairs
Knowledge of environmental conditions needed for safe storage of artefacts
What’s in it for me? Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? Visitor Services volunteer
Who am I responsible to? Tenbury and District Museum Society Committee
 
 
Webmaster
Role Webmaster
Purpose Maintain and update the website
Responsibilities Make changes to the website as instructed by the committee
Hours As necessary
Where will I be working? As needed could be at home
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Excellent IT skills
Experience of website design would be an advantage
What’s in it for me? Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people and contribute towards developing the museum
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? Visitor services volunteer
Who am I responsible to ? Tenbury and District Museum Society Committee
 
 
Fundraiser
Role Fundraiser
Purpose Raise money for the benefit of the Museum society
Responsibilities Work with the treasurer to exploit development opportunities – grants, sponsorship, partnerships etc
Use as many ways as possible to generate funds – sales, events etc.
Attend outside events
Hours As necessary
Where will I be working? As needed some could be at home
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Organisational skills
Communication  and networking  abilities
IT skills
Experience of previous fundraising
What’s in it for me? Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people and contribute towards developing the museum
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
Who will support me? Visitor services volunteer
Who am I responsible to? Tenbury and District Museum Society Committee
 
 
General Helper
Role General Helper
 
Purpose To assist any of the other volunteers in their specific roles and carry out delegated tasks eg cleaning of the environment and artefacts, assisting visitors with research, assisting at outside events and assisting with the refurbishment in the closed season etc.
 
Responsibilities As requested by other volunteer
Hours As necessary
 
Where will I be working? As needed  - could be at home
 
Special skills/knowledge needed? Or willingness to learn Dependant on role assisting  
What’s in it for me? Develop existing skills and learn new ones
Improve knowledge about local history and heritage.(Access the collections)
Meet interesting people and contribute towards developing the museum
Personal satisfaction in preserving local heritage for the future
 
Will I be insured? Yes, you will be covered by the museum insurance
 
Who will support me? Dependant on role assisting 
Who am I responsible to ? Tenbury and District Museum Society Committee