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Who we are

ABOUT US

Who we are

Royston Museum is owned and managed by Royston Museum Trust CIO. Responsibility for the museum's operation and development is entrusted with the Museum Manager, while the exhibitions and Collection are cared for by the Curator. A loyal group of volunteers help research and archive the Collection, and welcome visitors on open days.

Royston Town Council provide the museum with vital core funding, but the scale of the museum’s success, facilities and reach is reliant on visitor donations, community grants and external funding.

Royston Museum Trust CIO

Royston Museum Trust CIO is a registered charity. The Trust is overseen by a board of trustees made up of members of the community, members of the local History Society, local councillors and museum professionals.

The objects of Trust are (1) to advance education for public benefit, particularly the history of Royston and surrounding area, (2) to provide and maintain a permanent museum in Royston, (3) to care for, exhibit and interpret the museum’s Collection, and provide public access to it, (4) to provide learning experiences and activities for the education and enjoyment of the public, (5) to research, promote and publish studies of the area.

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Our History

Our history

In 1856, Royston Institute Museum was formed. It housed objects donated to raise funds for the building of a Mechanics Institute, which is now used as the Town Hall. Alfred Kingston, who wrote 'History of Royston', and Edmund Nunn, who excavated the burial mounds on Therfield Heath, were the original curators.

 

The museum was described in 1884 as being 'limited to a few dilapidated specimens of animal life of increasingly doubtful identity' with the odd relic seen through 'dusty or broken glass'. The museum subsequently closed and many artefacts were lost following the sale of the collection in 1901.

In 1965, Royston & District Local History Society was formed with the purpose of providing a museum for Royston, and members began collecting items of local historical interest. A few of the objects previously sold subsequently found their way back into the collection. In 1976, Royston Museum was opened in a small room at the back of the Town Hall but was later moved to a larger room on the other side of the building.

 

In 1982, Royston Town Council met with the History Society to discuss the establishment of a dedicated museum. In 1983, the Council leased the old school of the United Reformed Church on Lower King Street, and the new museum opened on Saturday 28 April 1984. It remains on that site today.

 

The museum continued to be owned and managed by Royston Town Council, while the Collection remained the property of the History Society.

In Nov 2021, an independent charity called Royston Museum Trust CIO was formed. The Trust took over ownership and management of the museum in March 2022.

Meet the Team

Meet the team

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EMMA CANTERBURY

Manager

 

Emma is responsible for overseeing the Museum's growth and development as well as managing it's daily operations.

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SOPHIE RICHES

Curator

 

Sophie cares for the museum's Collection, and is responsible for curating and interpreting the exhibitions. Sophie also works as Curator for the British Orthodontics Society.

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RHIAN MAY

Assistant

 

Rhian assists with the Manager and Curator with both operational and curatorial duties. She also supports events and oversees the running of the museum at weekends.

The Friends

The Friends of
Royston Museum

The Friends of Royston Museum was formed following a public meeting held in the Town Hall in 1984, and a steering committee was elected. It became a registered charity two years later and has continued to support the museum ever since.

The Friends encourage others to come and enjoy the collection, exhibitions and activities, act as volunteers, contribute towards conservation costs and purchase of equipment, and support the ongoing work of the museum in any way they can.

The objects of the Friends are (1) the education of the public by promotion, support, assistance and improvement of Royston Museum through the activity of a group of Friends, and (2) cooperation with the body responsible for the management of the museum.

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JOIN US

Become a Member

As a treat for you, or a gift for someone else, by becoming a Friend of Royston Museum you are directly supporting the museum and its Collection.

SUPPORT

Become a volunteer

Our volunteers play a vital role in the operation and development of Royston Museum. They care for the Collection, conduct research, welcome visitors, support events and help with the maintenance and upkeep of the building.

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