Trustee Recruitment

November 2023

Trustees Roles

The volunteer-run Coultershaw Trust is looking for additional Trustees to help bring to fruition our exciting plans for the continued development of the Heritage Site. In 2021 we were fortunate to receive a large grant from the Lottery Heritage Fund to improve community engagement and create a new schools offering. This project has delivered a big increase in the number of visitors and site users and the challenge now is to sustain this improvement. We are in the process of creating a document store and research space for the Jerome/Costello collection and have plans for converting part of a warehouse to an exhibition centre. In addition, we are seeking Museum Accreditation which will help us better care for the heritage and allow access to additional funding.

These roles are very much ‘hands-on’ so you can make a difference while helping sustain this important and beautiful local site. Roles are usually shared and Trustees are welcome to work across more than one specialist area.


    • Interest in social or industrial history
    • Ability to network and organise meetings
    • Interest in interpreting and caring for portable heritage collections (i.e. artefacts and document collections), in addition to the site’s built heritage.
    • IT competent and familiarity with spreadsheets
    • Optionally, familiarity with collections, research or experience of explaining history and heritage


    • Background in learning and/or good organisational skills
    • Promoting our learning offer to schools in the local area
    • Optionally, have current schools contacts, event planning skills or teaching experience 

Marketing & Publicity

    • Good social media skills and understanding web presence development
    • Event and Open Day promotion
    • Creating visitor guides, signage, leaflets and other publicity materials
    • Engaging with local hospitality and heritage venues, leaflet distribution

Trustees attend up to 4 meetings a year but we encourage trustees to visit the site for occasional open days or event days

In addition, the trust would benefit from trustees who are less hands-on but act in an advisory capacity. The requirement would be to attend up to 4 meetings a year plus a willingness to provide email advice to trustees at other times.

Candidates would have relevant experience in one or more of the following sectors:

  • Charity – funding & grants, widening participation
  • Museums – collection care  curation, visitor experience
  • Marketing – increasing participation, best use of social media, web development
  • Environment – land management, diverse habitats, nature

Additional information and the draft 22/23 accounts can be found in the Trustees Report

If you would like to find out more about these roles please email Barry Flannaghan (Chair of Trustees) at [email protected] to arrange an informal phone call or site visit.

Closing date: 7 January 2024