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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To consider the minutes of the meeting on 4 October 2017.


The minutes of the meeting held on 4 October 2017 were received and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.



Museum Society Chairman's Report pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To consider the Museum Society Chairman’s report.


The Working Group considered a report from the Chairman of the Museum Society.



Museum Quarterly Reports pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To consider the quarterly report from July to September.


The Working Group considered the latest two quarterly reports from the Curator. The Curator noted the following specific points.


Learning and Outreach Officer


The new Learning and Outreach Officer had had a positive effect on the museum since she began her work in September. There had been an increase in the number of education sessions held, both at and away from the museum. Actions had been taken to limit excessive numbers of visitors attending activity sessions, ensuring a good quality of experience for those attending the sessions. Improvements in services for those with special needs were also taking place, with focus groups for dementia patients and their carers to improve object handling.


Museum Shop


The Museum Admin Officer had done a lot of work on the shop and small stock. There had been an increased visitor spend per head. The Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme had rated the museum at 75% overall, but the retail element had only received a 60% score because of the small space in the shop. Members said it would be good for the Museum if the shop could take card payments. The Assistant Director – Corporate Services said the monthly cost of taking card payments was not high, but the cost of the till and of training staff and volunteers to use it would be costly. He and the Curator would be looking into this further.


In response to questions from members, the Curator said the event would be reported on in the next quarterly report. The Chairman thanked the Curator for the Museum’s work on the event.


Members asked about the possibility of providing refreshments to members of the public. The Curator said this was something that the Museum would like to do if it had a larger foyer.



Mendoza Review of Museums in England pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To consider the Mendoza Review of museums in England.


The Working Group considered the report.


The Curator said the report gave an overview of the recommendations from the Mendoza Review and the Review of the Heritage Lottery Fund that were relevant to Saffron Walden Museum.



Timetable for HLF Project Applications and Forward Plan Review pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To consider the timetable for HLF project applications and review the Forward Plan.


The Working Group considered the report.


The Curator said the Forward Plan was in need of review. The first draft of the revised Forward Plan would be ready by mid-April.



Draft Project Enquiry for Resilient Heritage Grant pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To consider the draft project enquiry for a Resilient Heritage grant.


The Working Group considered the report.


The Curator said the Museum needed to do this as part of the preparation process for applying for a Resilient Heritage Grant.



Date of Next Meeting

To consider the date of the next meeting.


Potential dates for the next meeting were discussed as 8 and 9 May 2018.


Subsequent to the meeting, the date of the next meeting was agreed as Tuesday 8 May 2018.



The meeting ended at 6.50pm.