Derby museums transfer to trust status - Museums Association

Derby museums transfer to trust status

New charity to manage three museums
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Three museums in Derby will transfer today from the city council to a new independent trust.

Derby Museums Trust will manage and curate the collections of Derby Museum and Art Gallery, the Silk Mill and Pickford’s House Museum under the terms of a 30-year lease that will see ownership of museum buildings and collections remain with Derby City Council.

Peter Smith, chairman of the Derby Museums Trust, said: “We’re looking forward to using our new status as a trust to emphasise Derby’s significance on the cultural landscape and to further establish the city as a place where people from across the world can discover more about the history of forward thinking.”
One of the trust’s aims is to raise awareness of the city’s engineering heritage and Derby-born artist Joseph Wright.

Funding for the trust is fixed for the first two and a half years, and future years will be agreed at least two years in advance.

The anticipated fiscal benefits of trust status include greater tax and VAT reliefs, Gift Aid and new opportunities for corporate donations and sponsorship as well as lottery and other charitable funding.

Stuart Gillis, head of Derby Museums, said: “This transition is the culmination of two years planning and hard work. It will ensure that we are an organisation that can best take forward and represent the living story of Derby.” 

Interest in trust status has accelerated over the past few years. In April, Birmingham merged the city’s museum and art gallery, Thinktank science museum and several historic buildings into a new trust under the directorship of Ann Sumner and an annual budget of £11m.


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