Since 2014, The Jenner Trust has sought to renew its governance and strategy in order to respond to falling visitor numbers and a significant annual deficit. In 2014 the Trust transitioned to Charitable Incorporated Organisation status and although there have been many successes in the intervening years, the museum has continued to operate at a loss. In September 2018 reserves were so low that a successful appeal was launched to secure £20,000 in unrestricted donations and save the museum from closure. Alongside the appeal the Trust has made key appointments to its Board, increasing its diversity and broadening its skill base.

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are now seeking to capitalise on the momentum of this campaign and secure our future by developing a robust strategic plan to deliver a long-term future for a site that so many people locally and around the world hold dear. Specifically, we intend to:

Diversify our income streams and make us less reliant on charitable giving and project-specific funding;
Build a successful business whilst also maintaining our core identity;
Make full use of our assets and resources;
Re-engage with our community and stakeholders internationally and form new working partnerships;
Develop our own skills to maintain our resilience going forwards.

The project is intended to complement other projects that the Trust is currently seeking funding for, including a recent grant application to fund a consultant to create a fundraising strategy and prospectus.

As part of this project, we are seeking to recruit a Strategic Planning Consultant and an Evaluation Consultant. If you are interested in applying, please download:

Strategic Planning Consultant Brief

Evaluation Consultant Brief

Details on how to apply are contained within the consultancy briefs above. If you require these in an alternative format, or wish to have an informal discussion, please contact Owen Gower, Museum Manager on

Submissions must be received by 12 noon on Friday 24 May 2019. Interviews will be held in Berkeley, Gloucestershire in early June. No travel expenses are available to cover interview costs.


The Jenner Trust is currently looking for new Trustees to join us as we pursue our ambition to see Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden achieve international recognition and a strong future.

Applications are welcomed from anyone who is passionate about seeing Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden thrive, however we are particularly interested to hear from people who have significant experience in the fields of:

Business and commercial development;
Fundraising and income generation;
Education and public engagement;
Care and conservation of historic buildings;
Project management;
Museum collections management.

The Jenner Trust is also actively seeking someone to fulfil the role of Honorary Secretary.

Trustee meetings are held monthly in Berkeley, however video conferencing options are available. Trustees are expected to attend at least four meetings a year.

For more information and to request a recruitment prospectus, please contact Owen Gower, Museum Manager, on 01453 810631 or Arrangements to have an informal discussion with Tim Wallington, Chair of The Jenner Trust, can also be made in the same way.

Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden
Church Lane
GL13 9BN

01453 810631

Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden is open between 31 March and 30 October 2019

Opening hours:

Sunday – Wednesday: 11:00 – 17:00
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed (except Good Friday)
Saturday: during Gloucestershire school holidays only

Last admission one hour before closing

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