Catalyst Programme comes to an end

Over the past 4 years, Cornwall Museums Partnership, with support from Heritage Lottery Fund, has delivered the successful Catalyst business support programme for museums in Cornwall. As the final phase of this programme comes to an end, we wanted to share some of the successes of this practical and effective programme with you.

Museums from all over Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – as far apart as Bude and St Mary’s, some with no paid staff and some with over 20 members of staff, have benefited from the skills workshops, and provided us with feedback like ‘an excellent balance of learning and practical exercises, the trainer had a wealth of experience’ and ‘very interesting, informative and useful. Lots to share with others and leads to follow-up. Thank you.’

A number of museums have also benefited from mentoring and further business support to help them develop effective fundraising strategies, these organisations have measurably increased their confidence, skills and resources over the course of the programme.

The time and support to write our fundraising strategy has come at exactly the right time. Because of our tiny staff capacity, without the support provided by the Catalyst programme, we would have struggled to make any headway at all.’

Trustees and staff have gained a much greater understanding of the challenges we face and the steps we need to take in order to fundraise successfully.  There has been a profound organisational change insofar as everyone now understands and accepts the need for change and for a major focus on fundraising.’

Readers may view below videos – case studies of museums who have participated in the second and final phase of the Catalyst Programme, namely, Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, Helston Museum and Truro Cathedral.

Cornwall Museums Partnership Seeks Chair of Trustees

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Cornwall Museums Partnership is a charitable incorporated organisation which exists to help all museums in Cornwall to thrive. Between 2018 and 2022 we will invest nearly £4.5m in an ambitious programme to promote innovation, help museums to raise standards, improve museums’ business performance, and develop and share new knowledge about museums’ collections to inspire a wide range of people. Put simply, we want to help museums to make people’s lives better by ensuring that Cornwall’s unique cultural identity is shared with and enjoyed by as many people as possible.

Cornwall Museums Partnership is looking for a new Chair to succeed Sir Ferrers Vyvyan who steps down after completing his successful 3 year term in the role, having led the formation of the charity and its entry to the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation cohort.

The Chair will lead the board and ensure its ambitious strategy is effectively delivered. Strong governance skills and experience of senior leadership at board level or equivalent, plus experience of non-executive/trustee governance are essential, and candidates should demonstrate a commitment to CMP’s mission, aims and values, and a willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities. This is a great time to join our charity which is recognised nationally for its innovative, collaborative approach.

For more information please download the role profile at the end of the page.

To apply please send a letter and CV to Ferrers Vyvyan at or call 01326 221224 to arrange an informal discussion about the role.