Agenda and minutes

Eastleigh Museum Joint Management Committee - Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:30 am

Venue: Rooms 11/12/13, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh

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Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 27 KB




That the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2014 be approved as a correct record of the meeting.


Curator's Report pdf icon PDF 426 KB

Additional documents:


The Committee considered the Curator’s Report. Annabel Cook reported that throughout June and July 2014, bunting had been created as part of textile project; commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, by the older people at the Velmore Centre in Eastleigh and First Wessex Housing Association had been involved in bringing people together to the Velmore Centre to take part in this initiative. The project looked at source material from the Hampshire Records Office and as well as the historical context, residents learnt new skills around needlework and textiles. A ceremony unveiling the completed bunting was due to take place on the 22 September 2014. It was also reported that on the 11 October, a professional actor was coming to the Museum to take part in the “Soldier’s Journey” exhibition. It was noted that the Area Team had taken on board the comments of Jean Robert-Jones and One Community about putting together the exhibition.


It was reported that the “Soldier’s Journey” exhibition was dovetailed with the “ENtrenchED” project with the involvement of students from Wildern School. These projects coincided with the students’ work on the impact of the First World War on Eastleigh and the rest of the Borough and gave the students the opportunity to engage and further research the First World War. It was highlighted that the students work would be incorporated into the “Soldier’s Journey” exhibition.


Annabel was delighted to announce that visits to the Museum have increased by 50% on the same period in the previous year and that this increase demonstrated the success of the partnership together with the popularity of the “Lost World Zoo” exhibition. The Committee was also informed that there had been a 31% increase in formal educational visits to the Museum and that Learning and Engagement Officers had been ensuring that the visits had strong links to the National Curriculum; specifically emphasising the new curriculum’s focus on local history to which Eastleigh fits very well.


Annabel reported that a new brochure had been sent to schools across other local authorities in Hampshire, informing them of opportunities for further educational visits including Eastleigh Museum. She highlighted that the challenge for the Museum is that it needs to fit with the new school’s history curriculum.

It was also reported that the Gordon Keeble Day in Eastleigh had been a great success.

Councillor Irish commented that the Committee was very impressed with the increase in visitor figures and the work that had been done with regard to the First World War exhibitions.


A written update was given on behalf of Jean Robert-Jones and One Community. It highlighted that One Community had recruited, inducted and trained fifty museum volunteers since it took-over the day-to-day running of the Museum in May 2012. During this time, these volunteers have welcomed a total of 42,671 visitors to the Museum as of the end of August 2014. Thirteen of these volunteers have taken up full-time employment elsewhere having gained retail, catering and customer service experience and that One Community had noted that this voluntary work had helped volunteers gain confidence and new skills to lay a foundation for a future career or further study. It was reported that One Community’s main focus had been to preserve the heritage of Eastleigh, as part of its commitment to improve the quality of life for local people, but to also provide a central High Street location for a community hub.


Councillor Bicknell commented that One Community’s work had been very rewarding for the Museum and the wider local community.


It was AGREED:

(1)  That the Curator’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.




Tim Kelly reported that the Budget was on target and that it represents a transitional period from the management of Hampshire County Council to that of the Hampshire Cultural Trust. He also reported that the One Community’s contribution to the budget is to go ahead as planned.


Councillor Davidovitz asked for a revised presentation of the figures in the budget. Tim Kelly informed the Committee that he would provide an update to Members on the budget.


It was AGREED:

(1)  That the budget be noted,

(2)  That Tim Kelly will prepare a revised report for the next meeting outlining the figures in the budget.



Hampshire Cultural Trust Update pdf icon PDF 23 KB


Tim Kelly reported that work on each of the strands of activity has progressed to plan since the verbal update at the meeting of the Committee of the 11 June 2014. The transfer to the Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) was expected to be the 1 November 2014 to coincide with dates for payroll.



Date and Venue of Next Meeting




That the next meeting of the Committee take place on 28 January 2015 at 10:00 am in Eastleigh House.