Chief Executive Officer Stands Down

Martin Purslow has left his post of Chief Executive Officer at the Weald & Downland Living Museum after nearly two years in the role.

Martin joined the Museum in May 2016 at a time when its £6m Heritage Lottery Fund funded new visitor project, “The Gateway”, had just commenced construction stage. This project has been transformational and coincided with the need for the Museum to refresh its offer to visitors after a period of decline in numbers.

Paul Rigg, Chairman of the Museum Trustees said:

“Martin has grasped all the challenges this presented with passion, creativity and energy:

  • Completing the Gateway build to budget while adding imagination and modern thinking to the visitor gallery displays
  • Refreshing and adding to the major events programme at the Museum
  • Generally improving the visitor experience throughout the site and across the seasons, and
  • Creating a new in-house business to run the cafeteria.

The result has been a major turnaround in visitor numbers and membership.”

“We are grateful to Martin for his creative approach and wish him well in his future ventures.”