Museum of the Home - 3 x Trustees

Body: Museum of the Home
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Culture, Media & Sport, Education
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, Major Projects
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: The role is an unpaid voluntary position. However expenses can be claimed for money spent taking part in Board business.
Time Requirements: 4–5 board meetings per year - typically 2 hours long, with 1–2 hours of reading reports beforehand. 1 away day - typically 4–5 hours long. 3 meetings of one sub-committee which focus on specific issues - typically 1–2 hours long.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    22/06/2021 at 23:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    04/11/2021 at 17:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Museum of the Home

Are you inspired by the Museum of the Home’s vision to reveal and rethink the ways we live, in order to live better together? Are you passionate about the cultural sector and its ability to make a difference? 

Why not apply to join its Board of Trustees.

The people

The Museum of the Home wishes to appoint three new Trustees who can drive forward the ongoing transformation of the Museum into a truly diverse organisation and the place to explore and debate the meaning of home. These appointments are made by the DCMS Secretary of State.

DCMS and the Museum are committed to ensuring its public appointments are diverse and benefit from a broad range of skills and perspectives, so that the board of the Museum of the Home is representative of the people it serves. The Museum and DCMS encourages applications from those whose experiences and perspectives are currently under-represented on the board and in the Museum sector.

Person Specification

The Museum of the Home particularly welcomes applications from those who have experience in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Education in a cultural setting
  • Museums, including strategy and partnership building
  • As a practising artist, in any media.

Applications are also welcomed from those with no prior board experience.

Essential Criteria

The successful candidates will need to demonstrate they can meet the majority of the following criteria to a high standard:

  • A commitment to the vision and values of the Museum of the Home, and to support its core purpose to be a place to explore and debate the meaning of home. 
  • An ability to think strategically and creatively to help the Museum of the Home to achieve its vision and to better serve and work in partnership with all stakeholders.
  • Good judgement with a willingness to be open, ask challenging questions and help find solutions.
  • A commitment to preserving cultural heritage, and improving education and understanding of British and World history.
  • An ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team.
  • A willingness to learn about the legal duties and responsibilities of trusteeship.

Additional Information


Time commitment

Trustees are required to take part in the following meetings:

  • 4–5 board meetings per year – typically 2 hours long, with 1–2 hours of reading reports beforehand.
  • 1 away day – typically 4–5 hours long.
  • 3 meetings of one sub-committee which focus on specific issues – typically 1–2 hours long.


Length of service

Usually 3 years. We recognise that this may not always be appropriate so this can be adapted as necessary.

Board meetings

Meetings are usually held at the Museum of the Home; at the moment they are held on Zoom. Trustees are also encouraged to attend events or exhibitions, but we recognise that people have different demands on their time.


The role, as defined by the Charity Commission, is an unpaid voluntary position.

The Museum will reimburse money you spend taking part in Board business (e.g. travel, caring or support costs).


The role can provide opportunities for the development of a wide range of leadership skills.

Board members also gain experience of, and can develop networks in, the heritage and cultural sectors and beyond. The Museum provides in-house induction for new trustees, which can be tailored to meet individual needs.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • A CV of no more than two sides of A4; this should provide details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards;
  • A supporting statement of not more than two sides of A4, setting out how you meet the criteria – please make sure you refer to the contents of this document; and
  • The conflicts of Interest Form and the Diversity Form.
  • The Diversity Monitoring Form which must be completed by clicking this link, before submitting your application – please note this replaces the previous PDF monitoring form.

Completed applications should be sent to: Please put ‘Museum of the Home Trustee Application’ in the subject line and specify which of the three roles you are interested in.

To talk to someone about the public appointments process, please contact Lucinda McDade at

If you would like to speak about the role itself, please contact Andrew Macdonald at 

The Museum of the Home and DCMS aspire to diversity in public appointments and operate an equal opportunities policy. Appointments are made on merit and are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Diversity and inclusion

DCMS values and cares passionately about the diversity of it’s public appointments. Boards of public bodies should reflect our diverse society in order to ensure the sector has a leadership that draws fully on the different skills and perspectives our country has to offer.

We particularly welcome applications from women, those with a disability, and those from a black or ethnic minority background. We encourage applications from people who live outside London, from any professional background, and of any age group.

We ask all applicants to complete a diversity monitoring form. We hope you will help us by providing this information. Your data is not disclosed to the panel, but allows us to constantly evaluate any potential barriers to becoming a public appointee and whether there are any changes we could make to encourage a more diverse field to apply.

Disability Confident

We guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the role. By ‘minimum criteria,’ we mean that you must provide evidence in your application, which demonstrates that you meet the level of competence required under each of the essential criteria.

If you want to apply under this scheme, simply state this in the covering email or letter when submitting your application.

Reasonable adjustments

If you would like a confidential discussion regarding any reasonable adjustments during the process, please also indicate this in the covering email or letter.  


Many areas of the Museum are fully accessible. However, due to the original building dating from 1714 and its Grade I listed status, some sections are not accessible to all. Please do get in touch to discuss requirements, both as part of the recruitment process and in relation to the role as trustee. Requirements, such as BSL translation, can be provided.

About DCMS

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) helps to drive growth, enrich lives, and promote Britain abroad.

We protect and promote our cultural and artistic heritage and help businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation and highlighting Britain as a fantastic place to visit. We help to give the UK a unique advantage on the global stage, striving for economic success.

DCMS is a ministerial department, supported by 45 agencies and public bodies.

If you are not completely satisfied

We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy. If you have any complaints about the way your application has been handled, please contact

Supporting information

This appointments process adheres to the Cabinet Office Governance Code on Public Appointments, which is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. 

All applicants are expected to abide by the Seven Principles of Public Life. 

Eligibility Criteria 

You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:

  • you become bankrupt or make an arrangement with a creditor
  • your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors;
  • you are disqualified from acting as a company director under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
  • you have been convicted of a criminal offence, the conviction not being spent for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (c. 53);
  • you become subject to a debt relief order or a bankruptcy restrictions order;
  • you fail to declare any conflict of interest.


Conflicts of Interest and Due Diligence

If you have any interests that might be relevant to the work of Museum of the Home, and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your application. If you have queries about this and would like to discuss further please contact the Public Appointments Team.

Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of Parliament and the public. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Advisory Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue(s) in your application. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media.

As part of our due diligence checks we will consider anything in the public domain related to your conduct or professional capacity. This will include us undertaking searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. This information may be made available to the Advisory Assessment Panel and they may wish to explore issues with you should you be invited to interview. The information may also be shared with ministers and the Cabinet Office.


Expenses incurred by external candidates during the recruitment process will not be reimbursed, except in exceptional circumstances, and only when agreed in advance.

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