Constitution & Organisation

Bradford on Avon Museum is a fully independent body, a Company Limited by Guarantee and a Registered Charity. It is an Accredited Museum under the scheme operated by Arts Council England.

It occupies an area of the first floor of the Library building under a lease purchased from Wiltshire County Council, as it then was.

Its management is undertaken by a group of seven volunteer trustees, who meet approximately six times a year. They bring a wide range of professional, heritage and local expertise and experience.

A retired museum professional acts as Honorary Curator, attends trustee meetings and maintains and develops the Museum’s collection and displays.

The Honorary Secretary takes care of administration and membership matters.

The Museum depends upon a cadre of committed volunteer stewards who staff the museum during its opening hours.

Its collecting policy relates to the area known as the Bradford Hundred – an ancient geographical area that includes the rural area and outlying villages.

The Museum is a member of the Association of Independent Museums and is a fully Accredited Museum under the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council’s national scheme. It receives pastoral care from officers of Wiltshire Council’s Museums Advisory Service.

It has active groups involved in Local Research, Oral History and Events.

It works closely with local partner organisations, such as the Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust, the Tourist Information Centre and the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, on events and publicity.

Financially, the Museum operates mainly through visitor donations (admission is free), members’ subscriptions and the input of volunteers in all the above roles. The trustees particularly acknowledge grants made over the years by  Bradford on Avon Town Council, Wiltshire Council and other funding bodies, which have been invaluable in developing the Museum’s work.

Registered Charity 298085