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Open call to join our Board of Trustees

We are seeking up to three new trustees to join the Museum of the Home's Board.

Are you inspired by the Museum of the Home's vision to reveal and rethink the ways we live in order to live better together? Are you passionate about the cultural sector and its ability to make a difference?

Why not apply to join our Board of Trustees?

We need changemakers who can drive forward the ongoing transformation of the Museum of the Home into a truly diverse organisation and the place to explore and debate the meaning of home

We especially encourage applications from those whose experiences and perspectives are currently under-represented on our board and in our sector, in particular those who are under 30 and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.

We particularly welcome applications from those with:

  • strong local and community knowledge;
  • a passion for the creative arts;
  • an understanding of education within an arts and heritage context.

We also welcome applications from those with no prior board experience.

We want our board to reflect the people and communities we serve.

We hope you'll feel inspired to get involved!

Download the full information pack (pdf)

The trustee role

Trustees have the overall legal responsibility for a charity. Their main role is to provide helpful and objective advice, to champion the work and aims of the charity, and to support the management team.

We would like you to have:

  • a commitment to our vision and values, and to support our core purpose to be a place to explore and debate the meaning of home. You can read our Vision, Mission and Manifesto here.
  • an ability to think strategically and creatively to help us achieve our vision and to better serve and work in partnership with all our stakeholders.
  • good judgement with a willingness to be open, ask challenging questions and help find solutions.
  • an ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team
  • a willingness to learn about the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship.
  • a commitment to the 7 principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Trustees main duties are to:

  • ensure that the Museum fulfils the objectives set out in its governing document the Articles of Association.
  • ensure that the Museum complies with all relevant regulations, such as those set out in charity law, company law and employment law.
  • be responsible for forward planning, policy-making, agreeing targets and evaluating how well the Museum is doing.
  • ensure that resources, including the Museum’s finances, are well-managed.

More information about the role of charity trustees can be found here

Each trustee brings their own skills, knowledge and experience to help the Board reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, focusing on key issues and providing advice and guidance.

Key information

Time commitment

Length of service

Usually 3 years. We recognise that this may not always be appropriate so we can adapt this as necessary.

Board meetings

We usually hold meetings at the Museum of the Home, at the moment we hold them on Zoom. We ask trustees to take part in the following meetings:

  • 4–5 board meetings per year
    • typically 2 hours long, with 1–2 hours of reading reports beforehand
  • 1 away day
    • typically 4–5 hours long
  • 3 meetings of one sub-committee which focus on specific issues
    • typically 1–2 hours long

Trustees are also encouraged to attend events or exhibitions, but we recognise that people have different demands on their time.


The role, as defined by the Charity Commission, is an unpaid voluntary position.

We will reimburse money you spend taking part in Board business (e.g. travel, caring or support costs).


Many areas of the Museum are fully accessible. However, due to the original building dating from 1714 and its Grade I listed status, some sections are not accessible to all. Please do get in touch to discuss requirements, both as part of the recruitment process and in relation to the role as trustee. Requirements, such as BSL translation, can be provided.


The role can provide opportunities for the development of a wide range of leadership skills.

Board members also gain experience of, and can develop networks in, the heritage and cultural sectors and beyond.

We provide in-house induction for new trustees, which we can tailor to meet individual needs.

Recruitment process

How to apply

Please email your CV and a brief statement (written, visual or audio) of what you can bring to the role to Alison Anscomb We will use these to select candidates for an informal interview.

Your statement can be any of the following:

  • a short, written piece (max 500 words)
  • a 4-minute filmed or audio response

In your statement we are interested in hearing your response to our vision and mission.

Closing date

5pm on Thursday 12 November 2020


Interviews will be on Friday 4 December 2020. We may hold interviews digitally, given Covid-19 restrictions.

About the Museum of the Home


About the history of the Museum


About our redevelopment project


About our partnerships and collaborative research


About our community programmes


About our collections

Charitable status

We are an independent charitable company limited by guarantee set up as the Geffrye Museum Trust in 1990, registered charity number 803052, company number 2476642.


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) financially supports the Trust by grant-in-aid. We supplement this with earned income, donations and sponsorship. The National Lottery Heritage Fund has granted £12.3m to support the redevelopment. We have also received significant support for the capital campaign from major donors, trusts and foundations, companies and individuals. In 2018 we became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Get in touch

If you would like more information or have access needs please email Alison Anscomb

If you'd prefer to speak on the phone, you can request a phone call by email to Alison. Alison is currently working from home and will return your call.

Thank you for your time. We hope you consider applying for the role and look forward to hearing from you.

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