The Museum receives a commissioning grant in order to be able to fund its two full time positions from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. As an accredited Museum, the organisation prides itself on recruiting highly qualified professional staff.
The Museum also has a Board of volunteer Trustees. The Board gives strategic leadership as well as supporting the Curator and Learning Officer.
Valerie Boyes and the Museum of Richmond
Valerie was involved with the Museum from the very point that a group of local residents set up a steering group (with Richmond Council’s blessing) to plan a Museum for Richmond in 1983. Valerie as a teacher and Founder Member of the Museum advised on how the Museum could shape Richmond’s rich history and deliver an education service for local schools as well as providing an outreach service.
Valerie joined the Museum Board of Directors in 2006 and two years later became Chair. During the following five years Valerie’s knowledge and energy benefited the Museum in numerous ways. She worked incredibly hard to raise the Museum’s profile, enlist support, raise money, and negotiate with the Council about the possible development of the Old Town Hall to win a better space for the Museum. She successfully raised funds for the refurbishment of the museum, which took place in 2011, and she was instrumental in the production of the museum’s domestic architecture AV presentation. She was also involved in all aspects of the Museum’s daily life, supporting the staff from the boring and practical to the strategic and ceremonial.
Throughout all this, she was helping with the museum education service and researching, writing and compiling many of the booklets for the Museum temporary exhibitions. She was justly proud of the exhibition and accompanying book ‘Trading in Human Lives – The Richmond Connection’ where she researched and wrote the untold story of the black presence in Richmond. In 2012 Valerie helped Sue Barber, the then Curator, to create an exhibition to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee ‘Happy and Glorious. Popular Royal Celebrations and Commemorations in Richmond’. Valerie’s work with the Old Burial Ground Group, clearing and recording the older gravestones in the Richmond Burial Ground, provided rich material for the Museum’s exhibition ‘Living and Dying in 19th Century Richmond’ in 2013.
Valerie continued to support the museum with her local history research and writing after she left the Board. One of her lasting achievements was the WWI Poppy project in The Alberts when she researched the names on the Richmond War Memorial; she discovered that many of the young men lived in one area and persuaded the residents to display a poppy with the name of the fallen soldier in their windows.
Valerie’s strength and drive on behalf of the Museum over many years enabled it to survive and thrive in equal measure. The Museum has lost a great supporter, friend and champion and she will be greatly missed.
Esme Loukota, BA (Hons), MA - Curator and Executive Officer
Esme joined the Museum as Curator and Executive Officer in May 2019. Following a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, she studied for an MA in Museum Studies at UCL. Esme’s first museum role was Development Assistant at the Foundling Museum before holding curatorial posts at the Barts Health NHS Trust museums and at the Science Museum.
She is looking forward to developing the collections alongside an exciting and engaging Temporary Exhibitions programme at the Museum of Richmond.
Victoria McGrath, BA Hons, MA, AMA - Learning and Audience Development Officer
Vicky is currently on maternity leave.
Vicky joined the Museum in October 2016, bringing over 10 years of experience of working in Museums and Heritage Education. Before taking up her current role, Vicky was the Learning Manager at Bucks County Museum and the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery.
Vicky has a BA Hons in History from the University of Sheffield and a Masters in Heritage, Education and Interpretation from the University of Newcastle. She has an Enhanced DBS Check and in December 2016 was awarded the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA)
She is looking forward to expanding the educational opportunities at the Museum. If you have any suggestions about what else we can offer, please email her: email@example.com
Morag Calderbank BA (Hons), MA, PGCE - Learning and Audience Development Officer (Maternity Cover)
Morag recently qualified as a primary school teacher and joins the museum with over 10 years of experience working in a learning environment, either in a museum, heritage or school setting.
Morag has a BA Hons in American Studies from the University of Sussex, an MA in Learning and Visitor Studies in Museums from the University of Leicester and a PGCE from the University of Buckingham. She has an Enhanced DBS check.
Morag first joined the museum in late 2014 as Learning and Audience Development Officer and now returns to that role in a temporary capacity. She is looking forward to continuing the great learning opportunities provided by the museum and hopes her new understanding of schools and the curriculum will benefit the learning programme.
Hilda Clarke - Chair of the Board of Trustees
Hilda Clarke joined the Museum of Richmond as Chair of the Board of Trustees in January 2018. Hilda has a wealth of experience from her working life as a History teacher, and later as a Headteacher, first of Langley Grammar School and then of Tiffin School in Kingston upon Thames.
As well as Chairing the Museum’s Board Hilda is also Chair of Governors, Kingston Adult Education and a member of Tiffin Girls’ School Academy Trust.
Hilda lived in Richmond for 16 years and has a strong interest in the local area. With a particular love of socio-economic history, her skills and knowledge fit the Museum’s collection and mission.
She is most looking forward to the next phase of development of the Museum and its continued success in providing exhibitions and programmes to interest the many visitors to the Museum from the local area and beyond.
Lord Lee of Trafford DL- Deputy Chair
Lord Lee was appointed to the House of Lords as a Lib Dem Peer in 2006, having been a Conservative Member of Parliament from 1979 to 1992. He was Minister of Tourism from 1987 to 1989. Over the years he has held a number of roles in the Tourism and Heritage sector – he has been chair of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) since its formation in 1990 and chaired the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester for 9 years.
Lord Lee sits on the Development Committee of The Poppy Factory. Many years ago he was instrumental in creating and administering a family charity – The Lee Bakirgian Family Trust – which supports a range of youth and community related charities and causes.
Having recently become a Richmond resident, Lord Lee was delighted to join the Board in 2016. Richmond has a significant place in our nation’s history and he looks forward to playing a part in the onward development and expansion of the Museum, with its fascinating collection.
Rose Barling - Vice Chair of Board of Trustees, Educational Advisor, Chair of Fund-Raising and Marketing group
Rose has an MA in History in Education from the Institute of Education and taught History in Richmond Secondary Schools for over 35 years. She has a keen interest in local history, heritage, museum education and learning outside the classroom. She co-authored a school text-book with former museum chair Valerie Boyes. A former Deputy Head at Waldegrave School, Rose also has extensive experience of issues including safeguarding and marketing
Since joining the Board in November 2016, Rose has enjoyed working with our Learning and Development Officer to help to develop the Museum’s school and community offer to appeal to a wider and more diverse audience. She also relishes the challenge of exploring new ways of raising money to help the museum continue with its work.
Clive Preston - Treasurer
Clive joined the board in April 2015 following over 30 years in the City working in diverse roles within the IT function, where he was responsible for technical design and support and project management as well as holding responsibility for substantial departmental budgets. He is also Treasurer and principal trombone of the Barnes Concert Band, which performed at the Museum’s Garden Party in 2017. He volunteers regularly at the Museum of Army Music in Kneller Hall.
Clive has had a life-long interest in history and museums and is delighted to be able to apply his financial and IT skills within this fascinating and challenging environment.
Derek Robinson - Trustee
Derek is a retired chartered accountant who joined the Board in July 2013. For many years he has been actively involved with a number of local charities, which he finds a very rewarding role, getting out at least as much as he puts in.
He has a strong interest in local history and, as a resident of Old Palace Lane, was a key member of the team behind the very successful exhibition Old Palace Lane: Medieval to Modern Richmond in 2017. He is looking forward to being involved in the continuing development of the Museum.
Daniel Feeney - Trustee
Daniel joined the Board in December 2019, bringing over 15 years of visitor engagement experience from his career in Museums and football. He is currently the Head of Visitor Services for Royal Collection Trust, based at Buckingham Palace. Prior to this position Daniel was Head of Visitor Experience at the V&A, alongside roles at the National Portrait Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield, Cornerhouse in Manchester and Manchester City Football Club. Daniel has an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies and BA in History, both from the University of Manchester.
Daniel has a commitment to the development and delivery of engaging experiences, with an emphasis placed on the dialogue which takes place between visitors and institutions. He looks forward to applying his experience from larger museums and galleries to help the Museum in an exciting period of development, finding new ways to attract and build relationships with local and tourist audiences.
Susanne Lap - Trustee
Susanne Lap became a trustee in January 2020. She has been a resident in the Richmond area since 1988, after she moved to the UK from the Netherlands. Over the past 30 years, Susanne has been a passionate supporter of the arts, as well as social inclusion causes. She served as a trustee of a social welfare charity, as a volunteer prison visitor, and as a volunteer for the Garden Museum, amongst other causes. She currently co-ordinates the organisation of charity events at Trumpeters’ House in Richmond and is researching the history of its prior residents. Susanne is married and has three adult children.
Bleddyn Phillips – Secretary
Museum of Richmond Collection Trust
Robyn Christie (Chair)
Royal Patron: Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra
Sir David Attenborough OM CH FRS CVO
Bamber Gascoigne CBE, FRSL
Lady Annabel Goldsmith
Lord Fellowes of West Stafford
Lord Watson of Richmond CBE
The Museum also has a team of around 30 volunteers who staff the front desk, work on projects like the digitisation of the collection and help run events.
Following governmental guidance, the Museum of Richmond is closed to the public from Thursday 19 March 2020 until further notice.
2nd Floor, Old Town Hall, Whittaker
Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP
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We often have learning workshops which start before the Museum opens which means the exhibition area will not be accessible until 12noon