Hitchin British Schools Trust

The museum is managed by the Hitchin British Schools Trust, registered charity number 1010345. It is a company limited by guarantee, having no share capital. The Trust was incorporated on 24th January 1991 and is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association. Membership is, at present, limited to 100.
The Trust has a clear set of objectives:

  • To preserve a historically important group of buildings in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, known as the British Schools
  • To advance the education of the public in the history of schooling by:

(a) preserving and enhancing the collection of artefacts relating to the history of elementary education and social history of children

(b) presenting these buildings and collection as a museum of elementary education and childhood

(c) delivering a living experience of historic schooldays to all

These have been developed into the following Operational Aims and included in a Forward Plan:

Sustainability:
Aim 1. To run a financially viable, sustainable and professional museum.

Conservation:
Aim 2. To maintain and conserve a unique and important group of important listed buildings to demonstrate the practical development of elementary education, whilst working towards site-wide restoration and appropriate redevelopment.

Collections:
Aim 3. To maintain, care for, document and exhibit the museum’s collection of artifacts and material.

Learning:
Aim 4. To celebrate Joseph Lancaster’s vision of elementary education for all and its development worldwide in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Aim 5. To provide a variety of programmes, including hands-on experience, for visitors and audiences of all ages and from all sectors of society with insight into the history of elementary education and related subjects.

Aim 6. To demonstrate the local significance of Hitchin British Schools and the people who founded them and worked in them.

A Board of Trustees oversee the management of the museum and ensure that the Trust’s aims and objectives are achieved.

Many of the management roles are undertaken by trustees including Education and Visitor Services. Other roles such as Volunteer-Coordinator, Café Manager, Gift Shop Manager (job share) are undertaken by volunteers.