News Archive

Posted: Jun 18, 2018

Human Resources Consultant/Advisory Firm Sought

The Board of Trustees wishes to source an experienced Human Resources consultant/advisor.

Role: Freelance Consultant/Advisory Firm to support the Board of Trustees of the Priest’s House Museum in all areas of HR
Location: Working from home/office and as required at the Priest’s House Museum, The Museum of East Dorset, Wimborne, BH21 1HR
Fee: To be agreed, subject to scope of services
Reporting to: The Chair of Trustees, Mr David Morgan
Period of contract: Ongoing, depending on the requirements of the Trust

The Priest’s House Museum is a small independent charitable museum situated in the market town of Wimborne, Dorset. The Trust currently employs 9 staff and has over 150 volunteers. Following the retirement of the Priest’s House Museum Trust’s Human Resources consultant, the Board of Trustees wishes to source an experienced Human Resources consultant/advisor on an ad hoc basis.

The Trust is looking for a HR consultant/consultancy/advisory firm with a working knowledge of Human Resources management, especially in the area of change management and within the museum/charitable sector. You will be able to demonstrate appropriate experience in consulting as well as dealing with a range of HR issues. You will be a strategic thinker as well as a proactive problem solver and be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills.

Main purpose:
An experienced consultant is required to advise and assist the Board of Trustees of the Priest’s House Museum in all areas of HR.

Main tasks:

  • To research, draft, amend or update the Trust’s employment policies in line with current legislative requirements
  • Assist in the development and integration of HR related policies
  • To implement performance management procedures in place and to ensure that the right training is given to trustees, staff and volunteers
  • Assist in recruiting staff, including writing job and person specifications and adverts
  • To provide HR advice and guidance to the Board of Trustees and Museum Director to ensure that performance is managed consistently across the museum
  • To assist in dealing with the resolution of issues relating to staff and/or volunteers
  • Assist the Board and Director in developing and implementing plans and techniques to drive change and culture management to fulfil the museum’s strategic aims

Qualifications and knowledge:

  • CIPD qualified (or equivalent)
  • Extensive HR experience, ideally with a similar museum/charitable organisation
  • An up-to-date knowledge of Charity and Employment Law
  • A working knowledge of the heritage/cultural sector, preferably in museums
  • Demonstrable experience of managing grievance, disciplinary and restricting processes
  • Demonstrate experience of the restructuring process
  • Demonstrate experience to facilitate changes and improvements to processes
  • Demonstrate experience of recruiting staff, retention and development
  • An understanding of GDPR
  • Excellent communications skills both written and verbal
  • Insurance policy/professional indemnity will be required (if asked for interview a copy will be required for the interview panel to view)

Please send the following:

  • A CV (to include details of 2 referees)
  • A covering letter outlining why you (or your firm) wish to apply for this role, what you feel that you can offer the Trust 
  • Submission of a Capability Statement setting out your relevant experience and credentials to support the museum together with examples of similar work undertaken
  • Fee proposal to address our requirements (time based and fixed fee alternatives)

Please send your proposal for the attention of the Chair of Trustees, Mr David Morgan by e-mail to 

For an informal, confidential chat in advance of your submission please contact Mr David Morgan, Chair of Trustees on 01202 821115.

Please refer to website and social media for details on background to the Trust and to see what activities are in offer.

Closing date: Monday 9 July 2018
Interviews to be held on: Tuesday 24 July 2018 with an immediate start upon appointment

Here you can view past news items.

Summer garden party in the museum's beautiful walled garden.

Jul 22, 2019

Further research to be done on the earliest known TB skeleton in Britain.

Jul 22, 2019

Greendale Construction handed the keys to the Priest’s House Museum at unique event which kick-starts £700k restoration project.

Jul 22, 2019

The museum will be running taster activities in the museum garden.

Jun 21, 2019

The museum is offering behind the scenes guided tours.

May 31, 2019

'Echoes of the Past' is a promenade theatre event commemorating the temporary closure of the museum for refurbishment and development.

May 31, 2019

SISATA and Doppelganger Productions present an outdoor production of 'Feral', a new Gypsy-Folk musical drama on the timeless theme of wanderlust.

May 13, 2019

The museum is holding a family open day exploring 'Your First World War Heritage'.

May 13, 2019

Come and join in the fun with the Little Explorers activity morning.

Mar 25, 2019

Documentary theatre production by State of Play Arts about the impact of the Great War on people living in East Dorset.

Mar 19, 2019

A day of activities for all the family with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Feb 18, 2019

Artwork competition launched.

Dec 13, 2018

The museum is offering free entry in the run up to Christmas.

Dec 12, 2018

The museum is hosting two displays to commemorate the end of the first world war.

Nov 23, 2018

Mad Hatters beware! An exhibition at the museum features a wonderful collection of 44 different hats or forms of headwear.

Nov 23, 2018

The Victorian kitchen at the museum will be serving up Christmas Pudding.

Nov 20, 2018

A fun, festive concert with the Dorset Guitar Society.

Nov 15, 2018

A day of events to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Oct 19, 2018

Tivoli Theatre marks 25th anniversary with exhibition.

Oct 19, 2018

A 'spooktacular' family activity day.

Oct 5, 2018

Exciting opportunity for volunteers to help behind-the-scenes at the museum.

Oct 4, 2018

The museum will be visiting Hinton Martell on Thursday 11 October 2018 appealing for information from the time of the first world war.

Oct 3, 2018

The Trust is seeking to appoint up to three new Trustees to join the Trustee Board.

Sep 24, 2018

A talk that scratches the surface of the so-called 'Golden Age' and looks at how real children lived, worked and played.

Sep 9, 2018

The museum has been awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2018.

Aug 6, 2018

The museum has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £982,200 to fund improvements.

Jul 18, 2018

The Board of Trustees wishes to source an experienced Human Resources consultant/advisor.

Jun 18, 2018

The museum is celebrating Wimborne Minster Folk Festival.

Jun 6, 2018

A nature inspired family activity day.

May 23, 2018

Unfortunately this performance has had to be cancelled.

May 23, 2018

A family activity day to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

Apr 27, 2018

A new film will be screened at the museum.

Apr 23, 2018

A new exhibition at the museum features a wonderful collection of 44 different hats or forms of headwear.

Apr 19, 2018

A new exhibition tells the stories of two Wimborne men killed on the same day at the Battle of Passchendaele.

Apr 18, 2018

The museum's annual ticket offers so much more.

Apr 17, 2018

A fundraising concert for our Revival Project.

Apr 17, 2018

Secondhand book event at the museum.

Apr 4, 2018

'Little Explorers' activity morning for little ones.

Apr 3, 2018

Our Garden Tea Room needs the help of a few more local people.

Mar 23, 2018

Sponsor a Victorian Valentine Card as an unusual Valentine's Day gift!

Feb 13, 2018

Learning Officer (25 hours).

Jan 28, 2018

Help a new project.

Dec 14, 2017

Fun filled family activity day of Christmas themed art and craft.

Dec 7, 2017

Community Fundraising Day on Saturday 9 December.

Dec 4, 2017

Dorset County Council's Historic Environment team will be at the museum on Tuesday 28 November.

Nov 24, 2017

The entrance to the museum is now via the Tourist Information Centre.

Oct 27, 2017

Family activity day on Tuesday 24 October.

Oct 23, 2017

History of the local Ordnance Survey map.

Oct 11, 2017

We would like to hear from people who are researching their families in East Dorset.

Apr 28, 2017

Family friendly fun event.

Apr 27, 2017

Find out how you can get involved.

Apr 21, 2017

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Look out for some exciting and creative activities every Tuesday through August.

Donate Your Books

Posted: Mar 9, 2020

Please donate your books to the Priests House Museum second hand book shop. This is a great way to support your local community and all proceeds fund projects within the Museum.