Trustee recruitment for Wessex Museums

Trustee recruitment is an ongoing challenge throughout the museums and arts sector. Here is how Wessex Museums ran a successful recruitment campaign. 

Wessex Museums first attempted to recruit new trustees to its board at the end of 2018. We were wholly unsuccessful, having only one applicant who lived in Texas USA! As with most small charities we had no money to invest in this, but by our constitution needed to fill the spaces. The following year, we tried a new approach – and have since recruited three dynamic new trustees.

Here, Becky Sharp, Wessex Museums Fundraising Manager, outlines how we shaped our new trustee recruitment programme.

Wild Life in the Red

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Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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