Working for the Weald & Downland Living Museum

We are an award winning, internationally recognised Living Museum with 50 historic buildings and gardens over a 40-acre site situated within the South Downs National Park.

Extraordinary buildings, fascinating artefacts, glorious surroundings and friendly, dedicated people – the Weald & Downland Living Museum is a unique and incredibly rewarding place to work.

If you have any questions or are interested in working at the Museum, please e-mail


Finance Trustee & Chair of the Finance Committee

The Museum is well established, planning for the future, and enjoys a high standard of governance. This role is an exciting opportunity for someone to share their professional skills and life experience as part of the strong team of 10 Trustees who are passionate about preserving our heritage for future generations. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the Museum achieves its charitable objectives which are stated as:

  • To promote and encourage the preservation of buildings of architectural or historical interest
  • To stimulate public interest in ancient crafts, trades, and manufacturers and to establish centres for the study of historical buildings and artefacts
  • To promote research into the best means of preserving, restoring, and recording them


The Chair of the Museum’s Finance Committee:

  • Oversees the financial function of the Museum and ensure that effective financial procedures and controls are in place
  • Ensures the timely production of monthly management and annual accounts and revenue and capital budgets by the finance team
  • Chairs meetings of the Finance Committee
  • Presents the financial position of the Museum regularly to the board
  • Leads on appointing and liaising with auditors
  • Represents the Museum on the Board of the Museum’s Endowment Trust

The Museum prepares annual budgets in respect of its operations and capital programmes. These are monitored on an on-going basis, and re-forecasts are made during the year when there are material changes in circumstances. Any surplus funds may, at the discretion of the Trustees, be transferred to The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum Endowment Trust, a separate organisation which exists to support the activities of the Museum, to manage on its behalf; the Endowment Trust may also make grants or loans to the Museum to support its activities.

Weald and Downland Living Museum is partnering with Nurole, the leading board-level search specialist, to find a new Finance Trustee, who will chair the Finance Committee. You can find out more and apply here. To arrange an informal conversation or in case of any other queries, please contact

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