The Nottingham Industrial Museum Board of Directors and a team of regular volunteers manage the museum and plan its future.
As the challenges and duties of running a self-sustaining charitable company have grown, the museum has undergone many changes. Both behind-the-scenes – where we have introduced robust policies and procedures – and in our galleries. Exhibits will be regularly renewed to remain fresh and vibrant and to appeal to new and regular audiences. In preparation for these changes, we have removed some long-standing artefacts to free space for a full refresh over the next 18 months.
Our Business Plan further widens our visitor appeal and safeguards our future. We will continue to:
- Recruit energetic, capable and passionate volunteers. Employing their skills and knowledge to provide the best possible experience for our visitors.
- Strive to be the No 1 heritage attraction for local, national and international visitors to Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and the East Midlands. We will measure our success through our social media and TripAdvisor reviews.
- Survey our visitors to learn about their visit to the museum and what we can do better.
- Raise funds to support restoration projects and cover our running costs.
- Make the museum more ‘clean and green’, including eco-friendly lighting and heating.
- Encourage family visits, by continuing our ‘Kids in Museums’ manifesto and offering a range of children’s hands-on activities and events.
- Offer excellent value for money, including free entry for all children, concession discounts and annual free entry days for all. Nottingham has many areas of social and economic deprivation whose residents do not visit local cultural and heritage organisations due to worries about cost. We will engage with those communities.
- Connect with the community by hiring our spaces to local clubs and societies at discounted rates. We will also offer evening and weekend events to attract visitors with niche interests.
- Engage with similar organisations, special interest groups and members of the public on social media.
- Invest in long-term changes to better describe our collection. We want to tell the stories of the people who worked with the artefacts in our care by showing visitors the social, economic and industrial history of Nottingham.
- Develop a formal Education Programme and further engage with local schools, societies, associations and groups by offering guided tours supported by educational worksheets and resources.
- Promote all the treasures in our galleries by further illustrating how they relate to Nottinghamshire’s industrial heritage and industries.