Thank you for your interest in working at Avoncroft Museum. We are an independent charity and your skills and expertise could help us save more Midlands heritage and make the Museum an even better place to visit!



Full-time, permanent

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is looking for a Director who can lead England’s oldest open-air museum into a new phase in its development, following a difficult year, particularly in the cultural and leisure sectors.

They will need to have great leadership skills and be an innovative and experienced senior manager, who will understand the harsh economic and social effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on museums and their visitors. They will bring together the ideas and a skilled team to deliver recovery and long-term sustainability for Avoncroft in an ever-changing world.

They will also have a demonstrable empathy for heritage and a real passion for sharing it with others, understanding the importance of maintaining the Museum’s excellent visitor experience as key to the Museum’s success.

Director Job Description

Director Person Specification

Please check that you are eligible to work in this role at Avoncroft Museum – click here


Closing date: 23:59 on Thursday 31st December 2020.

Please download the DR21 application form and diversity monitoring questionnaire on the right side of this page and email both to

Please note that you must fill in an application form, CVs that do not accompany a completed application form will not be considered.

Interviews will take place week beginning 25th January 2021, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.  If necessary, we may have to conduct interviews by video conferencing.


Background about Avoncroft Museum

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is part of a Europe-wide movement of open-air museums, established in 1963, regionally significant, and in its portrayal of vernacular architecture, nationally important. Avoncroft Museum is a registered charity (No. 241644) and company limited by guarantee without share capital (No. 830659).

The more than 30 historic buildings and structures that comprise the main Avoncroft collection have been acquired over nearly 60 years, with the aim of saving historic buildings at risk. Across the 19-acre grounds, twelve of the buildings are listed Grade II, and one at grade II*. Find more information about Avoncroft and what happens at the Museum throughout this website.

In order to complete your application you may find the following documents of use:

Museum Annual Report 2018

Avoncroft Museum’s 20-Year Vision

Additional background information


Voluntary roles


We are recruiting at least three new trustees and would like to increase the diversity of the Trustee board. We would welcome applications particularly from the following groups and areas of expertise:

• Under represented sections of the Museum’s audiences, especially women and minority groups
• People with particular commercial business experience, such as involvement with comparable heritage, service, leisure or arts sector businesses or charities
• People with experience managing HR, IT or legal compliance areas of a charity or business
• People with experience of professional roles in marketing, PR or business/charity promotion
• People with entrepreneurial skills, those with experience of forming successful partnership working in the third sector and those with experience in the world of heritage and buildings conservation

Being a trustee is a voluntary role and therefore is unpaid. For more information about being a trustee and a job description please click the links below or call the Museum on 01527 831363 for an informal discussion.

Background information – becoming a trustee of Avoncroft

Job description – Trustee

To apply please send a CV and letter by email to




If you are interested in other volunteer roles at the Museum, please visit our volunteering page.

Thank you for supporting Avoncroft Museum!