Policies & Guidance


  • The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum Limited is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.
  • Singleton Museum Services Limited is a wholly-owned trading subsidiary formed to undertake trading activities that are not charitable. While there is financial separation between the funds of the two companies, they are managed on a day-to-day basis as a single entity.
  • The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum Endowment Trust is another independent charity, which holds funds for longer-term investment in the Museum.

The Museum is governed by its board of trustees, which meets three times a year, from which an executive board, meeting bimonthly, is appointed to manage the Museum through and with the Director. The Museum’s gross income for 2013 was £1.86 million.

The Director is the Museum’s Chief Executive Officer, reporting to the executive board and to the board of trustees. There are around 29 full-time-equivalent paid staff but the Museum is reliant on over 350 volunteers, who give an estimated 35–40,000 hours a year working in almost every department of the Museum and line managed by staff members.

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