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Project Officer: Fife Historic Buildings Trust

£28,000 – 30,000 – full time, fixed term to 31 March 2024

Fife Historic Buildings Trust are looking to appoint a new full-time fixed term Project Officer post, funded by Historic Environment Scotland. We are a Building Preservation Trust whose mission is to create viable futures for heritage buildings and their communities, by inspiring and enabling visionary conservation projects across Fife. Bring your skills and to deliver new historic environment regeneration projects in Fife, principally the restoration and re-use of historic buildings at risk.

See here for more details.

Deadline for applications – 5pm on Monday 18 October 2021

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Tender Opportunity: Fife Historic Buildings Trust

Fife Historic Environment Evaluation & Strategy

Fife Council, in partnership with Fife Historic Buildings Trust, are commissioning an Historic Environment Strategy for the protection, enhancement and management of Fife’s historic environment – including an evaluation of its impact/benefits and a framework for making the most effective use of resources and the best use of our heritage.

The closing date for tenders is 5pm on Friday 8 October.

You can find the full brief here.

Volunteering Opportunities

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Trustees: Halstead 21st Century Group

Our group of enthusiastic trustees is looking to expand the board to broaden the range of skills we have available to govern our local heritage charity.

Halstead 21st Century Group is a volunteer-led charity that focuses on preserving, promoting and providing education about Halstead’s built and natural environment.

We are just coming to the end of our ‘Readiness & Resilience’ project (funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund), designed to transform an already active group into a strong and sustainable organisation.

This, coupled with the challenges faced by the Covid-19 pandemic, has been our main focus over the last year. With the end of the project in sight, we’re now wiser, have more experience, are more knowledgeable, and have an appetite to build on what we’ve learned.

The journey beyond 2021 is set to be an even bigger adventure.

We’re looking for people like you who want to make a difference by contributing their skills and enthusiasm to our existing trustee talent pool: helping us to turn our aspirations into reality.

By joining our board you will:

· Be part of a team dedicated to preserving and promoting our local heritage and helping others to learn more about it

· Help provide a means by which our local community can make their voice heard to champion important local heritage

· Contribute to the way we evolve as an effective, dynamic, and sustainable organisation

What’s in it for you?

You will:

· See your own contribution to the organisation through outcomes

· Be intellectually stimulated

· know you are a valued member of an active, results-driven organisation

· benefit from training opportunities

· develop your leadership skills

· expand your knowledge of our local history and learn more about the community

· increase your understanding of the heritage and/or charity sector


What will you be doing?

You’ll work with five co-trustees to:

· Discuss the strategic direction of the trust and make key decisions about new projects, funding applications and recruitment

· Ensure that the trust carries out its purposes for the public benefit

· Make sure that the trust complies with the law, and our governing document, and that it manages its resources responsibly and acts with due diligence.


Who are we looking for?

All of the following are desirable:

· experience in the heritage or conservation sector

· communication/marketing skills

· Financial, including fundraising and bid-writing some legal knowledge

· experience in strategic or business planning

We’re comfortable with virtual conference platforms these days and plan to adopt hybrid meetings soon. That means we’re happy to recruit trustees from near or far – as long as you have a computer and an internet connection.

To find out more, or to make an application, please email Helen Wolf on info@halstead21stcentury.org.uk

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Trustees: The Carnegie Theatre Trust

The Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre is one of West Cumbria’s much loved historic buildings and premier theatre and community cultural hub.

Despite the challenges created by COVID-19 our ambition is to grow and develop our arts and cultural offer beyond our popular theatre programme. Transforming ourselves by developing strong partnerships, flourishing audiences, our learning programme and unique arts spaces.

We’re therefore looking to bring our board back to full strength and broaden the range of knowledge and perspectives as we look forward and ambitiously plan for the next five years. We are particularly keen to hear from people with an arts and culture background, education, legal, finance and other professions however we also want a board that represents the community we serve.

More information can be found on their website and you can download the full trustee role description here.

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Chair of Board: The Middleton Hall Trust

Do you have what it takes?

Middleton Hall Trust is looking for its next Chair for our Board of Trustees, to supply clear strategic drive in the next step of our Master Plan.

Middleton Hall (and Gardens) is a Grade 2* listed building with SSSI grounds. It dates back to the 13 century and was occupied until the 20th century. It was rebuilt from a ruin 40 years ago by volunteers. The buildings and grounds are now a popular and successful heritage visitor site, and the Trust is still operating effectively despite last year’s difficulties.

Middleton Hall has been the recipient of grants from significant heritage funders and we have a cohesive and effective Board and staff group. We will welcome applicants with the motivation, experience and attributes to take the Trust forward to deliver our mission to restore and maintain Middleton Hall and its grounds for the enjoyment of the public. This includes a major restoration project: the Tudor Barn; protection and development of the Georgian garden and SSSI lake and grounds; and widening and strengthening links with diverse local communities. The Trust is also looking to develop commercial activities to increase income.

As Chair you will lead the governance of the Trust constructively. Under your leadership Middleton Hall will take the next step to becoming financially and organisationally stable and deliver its mission to serve the community as a place of creativity and discovery.

We looking for

· Clarity of purpose – vision and focus to identify priorities for action

· Willing and able to lead the organisation in partnership with the Chief Officer

· Excellent interpersonal, influencing and communication skills and able to develop good relationships with all stakeholders

· Demonstrable commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion at all levels

· Some knowledge and enthusiasm of the heritage sector, the voluntary sector and community

· Experience and knowledge of best practice in corporate governance and finance

· Ability to recognise and celebrate success

This is a trust with great potential and increasing credibility as an organisation, having secured substantial grant funding from the NHLF, Architecture Heritage Fund, Historic England and the local North Warwickshire Borough Council over the past three years. The challenge and achievement of the position will be to pursue the organisation’s development and to secure a future for a wonderful community asset. There is a supportive culture amongst the Board, staff and a group of critical friends and professionals in the Heritage industry, which will provide support and encouragement to the critical but rewarding position of Chair. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, race, faith, disability, age, gender, sexuality and class.

If you are interested, please contact Deb.Laycock@middleton-hall.co.uk

Middleton Hall Trust
B78 2AE

If you would like more information or wish to speak to someone, please email us at boardoftrustees.middletonhall@gmail.com.

The trust’s masterplan can be found here.

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Trustees: The Archbishop’s Palace Conservation

Do you have an interest in heritage and desire to join a team that is conserving a Tudor Palace to create an interpretation centre for Otford and the Darent Valley?

The Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust wants to appoint two new trustees to join the board and help us achieve our objectives which are:

• For the benefit of the public the preservation, restoration, maintenance, repair and improvement of the building known as the Archbishop’s Palace in Otford, Kent.
• to advance the education of the public in the history of the Archbishop’s Palace, the Tudors, the role of the Archbishops and the history of the Darent Valley by the provision of exhibitions and other learning experiences.

In recruiting new trustees, the Board seeks to ensure an appropriate degree of diversity in terms of age, gender, geographical location, and ethnicity.

The ideal trustee will have:
• A recognition of the values of our national heritage
• A fascination for history and how it has brought us to where we are today
• An interest in education, “making it real” and bringing it alive for the widest possible audience. The Trust’s audience development plan can be found on the Otford Palace website.
• The desire to make historic resources accessible and enabling engagement through sensitive and appropriate renovation of original architecture
• The vision to combine an eclectic view in blending modern solutions and design techniques with the richness of historical artefacts
• The ability to engage and demonstrate a vision to a wide audience and encourage collaboration and investment in this project
• Enthusiasm for the work of the Trust
• An ability to work as one of a team, to take on projects and deliver them.

Our aim is to build a team with complementary competences in:
• Experience in restoring heritage buildings
• Education
• Project management
• Legal – property and intellectual property rights.
• Fund-raising
• Communications using a variety of media
• Marketing

If you think that you fit this profile, then please ask for more details from:
Nick Rushby, Secretary to the Trustees, Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust Chantry Cottage, The Green Otford, Sevenoaks TN14 5PD secretary@otfordpalace.org 07968 721 958

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