Torquay Museum Society
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Torquay Museum Society was originally founded as the Torquay Natural History Society in 1844. The Society is a registered charity and operates as a company limited by guarantee. In 2003 the Society (TNHS) was reconstituted as Torquay Museum Society.
The Society owns and operates Torquay Museum, which is fully registered and has guardianship of remarkable and unique collections. These collections comprise nearly half a million items of local, regional and international significance covering a broad range of natural sciences, archaeology, ethnography, social history and local history.
The aim of the Society is the advancement of education by promoting the study of the natural sciences and human culture, by acquiring, housing, exhibiting and conserving objects and collections of an educational nature.
The governing body of the Society, known as the Board of Trustees, consists of up to 12 members, who meet bi-monthly to oversee the management of the Museum as well as making policy decisions. The Board of Trustees delegates particular matters to working groups which are chaired by a member of and report to the Board of Trustees. These groups are currently the Board of Finance & Personnel and the Membership Group.
Currently there are in excess of 400 Society members who support the work of the Society and have varying degrees of involvement with both the Society and the day to day running of the Museum.
Members have the opportunity to be elected to the Board of Trustees or serve on one of the sub-groups, or volunteer their services to assist in the delivery of the operational activities that are required to keep the museum open to the public.
Having secured two successful Heritage Lottery bids and the completion of two development phases the Trustees of the Museum are committed to implementing the agreed strategy to regenerate the Museum. The aim is to achieve a sustainable operation which will enable the Museum to take a leading role in the cultural and heritage life of the Bay, provide for continued re-investment in the Museum and respond to the needs of its users.