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 staff which have usually gained an MA in Museum Studies, or similar qualification, and who have had previous experience of working in museums.
The Museum also has a Board of volunteer Trustees. The Board gives strategic leadership as well as supporting the Curator and Learning Officer.
Rebecca Arnott - Curator and Executive Officer
Rebecca became Curator and Executive Officer of the Museum in June 2017. Following a BA in History and Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, she studied for an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Manchester. Rebecca’s first museum role was Front of House at Helmshore Mills Museum in Lancashire before moving to Kent for an internship at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive. Since then Rebecca has held posts at Nottingham City Museums & Galleries, which include Nottingham Castle and Wollaton Hall, and at Maidstone Museums.
She is looking forward to developing the collections alongside an exciting and engaging Temporary Exhibitions programme at the Museum of Richmond.
Vicky McGrath - Learning and Audience Development Officer
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Allen Dyer - Secretary
Allen joined the Board in November 2013. He is a practising barrister who has been in Chambers for over 40 years. He started with a general practice, but specialisation became a feature of practice at the Bar, and for the last 20 years he has specialised in construction law. He has also held the post of secretary of a number of legal organisations.
Allen enjoys deploying his legal skills on the varying questions that come to him in his role of Secretary, and, as a long-term resident of Richmond, giving some service to the community.
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.
Pauline Cox - Trustee
A Richmond resident for over 40 years, Pauline has an interest in the history as well as the geography of the Borough and joined the Board in 2010.
Originally from Sheffield, Pauline studied Geography at Birmingham University followed by an Education PGCE and MA from London University. She lived and worked in Poland from 1970-73, followed by tours in Ghana and Washington. Returning to the UK she became a deputy head at a very large community comprehensive college in Hounslow.
Pauline was head teacher at Tiffin Girls’ School in Kingston upon Thames for 16 years and was also briefly acting head teacher at Tiffin Boys’ School. As a long term trustee and later chair of the Smallpeice and Arkwright Trusts, which support engineering careers in schools, she has extensive experience of the charity sector, especially governance and fund raising.
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.
Tuesday to Friday: 11am to 5pm
Saturday, April to September: 11am to 5pm
Saturday, October to March: 11am to 4pm
Please Note: We often have learning workshops which start before the Museum opens to the public, which means the exhibition areas will be busy before 12noon.
On 17 July, there will be a school group visiting the Museum all day. If you wish to visit the Museum especially for the Archaeology exhibition, we strongly recommend that you visit another day – thank you.