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Independent Examiner

Tewkesbury Museum
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
Nil - voluntary position
Closing date
28 Jun 2023

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Volunteer Independent Examiner for our 22/23 Annual Accounts, due for completion in May 2023. Very small charity with ACA treasurer.  About 200 bank and 25 petty cash transactions, plus a few accruals and prepayments.  All recorded in Excel on a monthly basis, with summary accounts presented to the trustees every quarter, and converted into annual accounts format for the Charity Commission in May.  The Examiner will need to spend a couple of hours familiarising themselves with Charity Commission requirements, if not already known, another couple of hours with the treasurer to understand the museum's activities and how the accounts are kept, and yet another couple of hours carrying out the review.



Tewkesbury Museum is a small independent museum founded in 1962.  It is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, managed by a Board of Trustees and run entirely by volunteers.  In a normal year it receives no government funding, but relies entirely on donations, income from talks and other events, and grants from private organisations.  It is accredited by the Arts Council.


The Museum’s statement of purpose is: ‘To collect and preserve objects of relevance to the history of Tewkesbury and its environs. The Museum places special emphasis on the educational potential of its collections by documenting, conserving, promoting and providing access to them.’


The Museum occupies a timber-framed building built in around 1670, leased from Tewkesbury Town Council for a peppercorn rent, and currently in a poor state of repair for which remedial plans – but not funding – exist.


There are approximately 6,000 objects or groups of objects in the collection, arranged over six exhibition rooms, and spanning every period in the town’s history.  These are recorded in a ‘Modes’ database.


Two of our displays have been enhanced recently:  the fairground display, which consists of a model fairground made in the 1950s together with relevant historical notes; and the Battle of Tewkesbury display, which centres on a diorama of the battle made for the 500th anniversary celebrations in 1971.  


Another display, celebrating Raymond Priestley, a survivor of Scott’s Antarctic expedition, is scheduled to be upgraded over the next year or two.



The Museum engages in other activities, both to raise awareness of local heritage and for fund-raising purposes.  These include a programme of talks, held on spring and autumn evenings, about history and heritage, attended by an average of fifty people; and a round-the-year programme of guided walks, carried out in conjunction with the ‘Tewkesbury Alleycats’ group, attracting about 250 people a year.


We are an equal opportunities organisation and welcome applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity/paternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

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