Future governance of the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment Trust
- Meeting of Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Museum Trust Committee, Monday 29th July, 2019 11.00 am (Item 17.)
- View the background to item 17.
The Museum Director presented a report on the future governance arrangements of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment Trust.
The Committee were reminded that at its meeting on 6th March 2019 a decision had been made in principle to dissolve the collection and donate it to the Maidstone Museum and had asked that officers drew up a clear set of reasons for the dissolution of the charity that could be submitted to the Charity Commission.
The Committee was advised that one of the conditions of dissolution was that the Charity’s endowment should be spent on furthering the objectives of the Trust and the Museum’s Director suggested that the following projects were pursued:-
Conservation of 3 Sikh Colours at a cost of between
£5,600-£6,300 plus VAT.
Conservation of French Tricolour at a cost of
between £7,500-£8,420 plus VAT.
Digital presentation of Kohima and Malaya Oral
Histories on website and/or digital kiosks already in the gallery
at a cost of approximately £6,000.
Any left-over funds would be used to purchase
conservation and storage materials for the on-going care of and
access to the collection.
In response to questions from the Committee, the Officers advised that:-
Officers had been unable to identify a
representative from the Regiment
In 2009 a project was undertaken to provide oral
history cases from the last surviving members of the Regiment and
it was hoped that this would come to fruition as part of the
Museum’s transformation plans
The estimates for the colours were for conservation
purposes, not display purposes. If the
artefacts were to be displayed then there would be an additional
That the Council was already planning to put in a
display of Maidstone as part of its transformation plan
That the collections of the QOWKR Museum Trust be
transferred in their entirety into the ownership of
That it approves the reasons for dissolution which
a) that the regiment no longer exists
b) that the collection is managed and maintained by
c) that the
original purpose of the trust – to preserve and
publicly exhibit the collection – is redundant, as the work is now
carried out by the Maidstone Museum
d) that the Council has committed to maintain, make
accessible and exhibit items of the collection
That, prior to the dissolution of the trust, officers request
of the Charity Commission to spend the permanent endowment of the
the Chairman of the Committee signs the memorandum of
amendment required by the Scheme to spend the endowment, as set
out in Appendix A to the report.
That, subject to permission being granted and following the
expenditure of the endowment, the trust is dissolved.
delegated authority be given to the Museum’s Director to
all necessary steps to spend the endowment and dissolve the trust in
accordance with the Trust Scheme dated 12 March 2007 and the
Charity Commission’s requirements.
a further report be brought to the next meeting of the
detailing the action taken to spend the permanent endowment and
Voting: For: unanimous
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