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Change of role for Museum Director

By 18 January 2016January 11th, 2021No Comments

Museum Director to take charge of £5.5million project at the Museum.

Richard Pailthorpe, Director of the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, has announced that he will be focusing on delivering the Museum’s £5.5million new Gateway Project for the most of the next 18 months as its Project Director.

This means that, from late January, the Museum will be recruiting a new Director to take over the day-to-day running of the business and to take the Museum forward after the Gateway Project is completed.

Commenting on his change of role, Richard said:

“All the advice we have received is that running a project like this is a full-time job for a Director. Given that I am planning to retire after the project is completed and that I have been so involved in its development to date, it makes sense for me to take the lead in this final construction stage. I want to see a finished project that the Museum can be proud of for years to come. It is for me an exciting finale to my career.”

Chairman of the Museum, Paul Rigg, said:

“We are fortunate to have Richard at the helm for this final stage of the project. These projects are a major challenge and he has a detailed understanding of what we are trying to achieve with the Gateway Project and cares deeply about getting it right. Finding a replacement for Richard as Museum Director will not be easy.”

In summary, the Gateway Project comprises:

  • a new ticketing facility and shop
  • a restaurant
  • a learning/community space
  • an introductory exhibition with enhanced interpretation and display of artefacts
  • better indoor facilities for wet days
  • improved interpretation and way-finding on the Museum site
  • a redesigned car parking with more spaces
  • safer and easier access to the Museum.

It is hoped that the new facilities will be opened to the public in spring 2017. The learn more about the Museum’s Gateway Project, visit www.wealddown.co.uk/gateway.

Those interested in applying for the role of Museum Director can learn more about the role and how to apply here.