New Trustees join Wessex Museums Board

In July, Wessex Museums started an exciting journey to recruit new Trustees and diversify our board. The aim was clear – to amplify underserved voices and have them represented at board level.  

Through a targeted campaign, we welcomed applications from passionate individuals who could bring new skills and perspectives to Wessex Museums Trust. Today we are pleased to introduce our two new young trustees: 

Emily Dunbar, Art Curator at Young Gallery in Salisbury 

Emily Dunbar currently works as the Art Curator at the Young Gallery in Salisbury, managing the gallery’s historic art collection, exhibition programme and funding campaigns. She has over nine years of experience working and volunteering in the heritage sector, including roles at Salisbury Museum and as Curator of the Charles Dickens Museum. Emily has a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and holds a PhD centred around Charles Dickens and literacy heritage. She is looking forward to using her experience to support the important work of the Wessex Museums. 

Jennifer Dyer, Fundraising Manager at Chelsea Physic Garden 

Jennifer Dyer is a professional fundraiser and has spent her career working in museums and historic houses and gardens. She has been the Fundraising Manager at Chelsea Physic Garden since 2019, supporting the Garden in successfully fundraising and delivering a £3.2 million campaign to restore a range of historic glasshouses. She holds a Masters in International Cultural Heritage Management from Durham University and is a mentor with Young Arts Fundraisers. She is passionate about fundraising to safeguard and improve access to arts, heritage, and culture, which she is excited to help Wessex Museums do in Wiltshire and Dorset. Jennifer was born and raised in Wiltshire, enjoying many school and family trips to most of the partner museums of the Wessex Museums Trust. 

Emily and Jen’s appointment to the board marks a significant step forward in commitment to diversify our board and ensures our governance is more representative of audiences currently underserved by our partner museums. 


Visit our Trustees page to read more about the Wessex Museums Board and join us in welcoming Emily and Jen on LinkedIn

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