Marlborough’s 17th century silk merchant’s house, rebuilt after the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653, is seeking volunteer Trustees and Shop Directors to help take it forward to the next stage of its development.
The house was purchased by Marlborough Town Council for the town in 1991. A charitable trust was set up and funds were raised to restore it and open it to the public. The interior has been painstakingly restored by experts. Visitors can step back in time and appreciate what life was like for Thomas Bayly, his family and servants in the mid seventeenth century.
The Merchant’s House stylish shop, sells high quality merchandise, the profits from which continue to underpin the project.
Katie Fairfax-Ross, Trust Manager, told Marlborough.news, “The last 30 years has been a conservation project. Now we’re moving on and we need people with ideas and experience to advise, support and help us onto this next phase of our development.”
A volunteer Shop Director would join a team of four whose role it is to support and advise the shop manager on all aspects of retail products. There are monthly meetings with the Trust Board. The post would ideally suit someone with retail experience in management and/or selling.
A volunteer Trustee would join the Board of Trustees to assist with the overall management of The Merchant’s House, with the finances, fund-raising, maintenance and marketing. The Trust is currently under-going a policy and governance review.
This post would suit someone with one or more of the following: professional legal experience; an interest in historic buildings/surveying; management experience; fundraising expertise; human resources expertise.
Katie commented,“If you think you could help please ring me for an informal chat. We need fresh ideas. I particularly want to make the House more ‘kid-friendly’. These are exciting times. I do hope you can join us.”
Email: Katief@merchantshousetrust.co.uk or call 01672 511491