Development Trust

TWAM Development Trust

(Image: The Mouse House at the Great North Museum is an under fives' area, funded by the Development Trust)

The Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Development Trust (The Trust) was established on 1 December 2010 and is registered as a company limited by guarantee number 7334262 and is registered with the Charity Commission under charity number 1137867.

The Current Directors/Trustees are:

  • Ivor Stolliday (Chair)
  • James Garbutt (Vice Chair)
  • Cllr John McElroy
  • Neil Braithwaite
  • Andrew Miller
  • Ammar Mirza
  • Christine Holland

The objectives of the Trust are:

  • to advance the education of the public (particularly, but not limited to those within, the metropolitan county of Tyne & Wear) by encouraging them to participate in and contribute to the activities of an archive and museum service managed by Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) and to value it for the positive impact that it makes upon their lives;
  • to advance art, culture, heritage and science by supporting TWAM to establish and maintain a world class archive and museum service that is accessible and enlightening;
  • to contribute to the advancement of civic responsibility and good citizenship by supporting TWAM to help to equip people with the capacity to understand and operate successfully in society; and
  • such other charitable purpose beneficial to the community consistent with the Objects above as the trustees shall in their absolute discretion determine.

The Trust carries out its objectives by raising funds from individual donors, trust and foundations to support a wide variety of museum activities including:

  • Exhibitions and displays
  • Capital improvements
  • Cataloguing
  • Acquiring objects for the collection
  • Conservation and restoration work
  • Learning programmes
  • Outreach projects with all sections of the community

By supporting activities like these the Trust is able to help Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums achieve it's strategic vision of ensuring everyone has access to museum provision, are able to use this access and to value it for the significant and positive impact that it makes upon their lives.


Minutes and papers

Minutes and papers from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Development Trust meetings are available below. Copies of minutes and papers from October 2010 to March 2013 are available by contacting the Corporate Governance team on corporate.governance@twmuseums.org.uk.

Papers from July 2013 onwards

Agenda, Meeting Minutes and Papers - July 2013

Agenda, Meeting Minutes, and Papers - December 2013

Agenda, Meeting Minutes, and Papers - April 2014

Agenda, Meeting Minutes and Papers - June 2014

Agenda, Meeting Minutes and Papers - November 2014

Agenda, Meeting Minutes and Papers - April 2015

Agenda, Meeting Minutes and Papers - July 2015

Agenda, Meeting Minutes and Papers - November 2015

Agenda, Meeting Minutes - February 2016

Agenda, Meeting Minutes and Papers - April 2016

Agenda, Meeting Minutes and Papers - July 2016

Annual Report and Accounts

The following links will take you to the unaudited accounted for 2012-13 and 2013-14. Copies of annual report and accounts from 2010 to 2012 are available by contacting the Corporate Governance team on corporate.governance@twmuseums.org.uk.

Annual Report and Accounts 2012/13

Annual Report and Accounts 2013/14

Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15

Up until 30 November 2010, the Tyne and Wear Museums Development Trust, Charity Commission number 1055974 was constituted to:

Promote the education of the public and business community in the appreciation of the arts and science, by encouraging and guiding them to participate in and contribute to the activities of the museums and galleries situated within the five metropolitan districts of Tyne and Wear and administered by TWAM and to support and assist the museums and galleries situated within the five metropolitan districts of Tyne and Wear and administered by TWAM.

Copies of the Annual Report and Accounts can be obtained by contacting the Corporate Governance team on corporate.governance@twmuseums.org.uk.