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Could you be our next Chair? Come and meet us on Sat 13 January for find out more.

We are looking for a new Chair to lead the Museum and our ambitious Assizes for Devizes project

Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society was founded in 1853, and has remained active ever since, adding to our knowledge about the county and developing new ways of sharing that as widely as possible, whether through supporting field archaeology, hosting talks and lectures, or through its publications. One of its principal responsibilities is running the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes.

Wiltshire Museum’s role and reach is local, regional and international. It offers an extraordinary range of activities for residents of Devizes, the surrounding villages, and visitors to the county. Its work embraces learning, wellbeing, research, art and archaeology, conservation and communication. Home to one of the UK’s pre-eminent archaeology collections, it works in partnership with other museums across the region, national and international heritage organisations, academic researchers and tiny children and their families. It wins awards, makes a significant contribution to the local economy, and fosters a sense of place and welcome for everyone. But it has outgrown its current location, has limited opportunities to develop new income streams, and has potential which it cannot realise without major change.

To meet these challenges, the Museum has developed a compelling vision for its future and the contribution that it can make to the town and the wider county, economic sustainability, and community engagement. The new Chair will have strategic oversight of these development plans, including the Assizes for Devizes project that will revitalise the former Assize Court as the new home of the Museum and the repurpose its existing buildings as a Collections Discovery Centre.

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