Croydon Airport Society is looking for a team of hands-on volunteers.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gave £10,000 to CAS last year for their project ‘Revealing the Hidden Heritage of Croydon Airport’.
The society will recruit and train volunteers and to help keep open and research the society’s archives, making them more accessible through new displays and an online platform.
Last year’s grant was the first time the visitor centre, in Purley Way, has received any funding according to the CAS Chair Ian Walker.
He added: “It’s a great initiative, giving the local community a unique opportunity to get involved with a fantastic part of our national heritage.
“We are seeing more and more people visit every year and this HLF Sharing Heritage funding will give us the opportunity to exhibit unseen works and meet growing public demand.”
Croydon Airport was the first London Airport and was used during the Second World War.
Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “Croydon Airport holds a wealth of information relating to our nation’s aviation heritage.
“This project will not only improve the conservation and accessibility of the archives, but also offers some fantastic opportunities for volunteers, the local community and visitors.”
The society is now looking for a chairperson, volunteers and trustees to join the visitor centre team.
Croydon Airport Society (CAS) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with opening the Croydon Airport Visitor Centre to the public. CAS took over the responsibility for running Croydon Airport Visitor Centre from Croydon Council in 2001 and runs it with an entirely volunteer workforce; the Centre now has a total of 2700 visitors per year and is rated as Croydon’s number one visitor attraction on Trip Advisor. We need volunteers to assist with the maintenance and upkeep of the museum areas of the building.
CHAIRPERSON AND TRUSTEES – ROLE INFORMATION
Are you interested in heritage conservation, the value of independent museums and the history of air travel? If so, we’d love to hear from you!
The Historic Croydon Airport Trust is the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation established to operate the hugely popular Croydon Airport Visitor Centre (CAVC), manage its 100,000 document archive and non-voting membership. The charity has recently successfully completed a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund project.
Due to increasing demand in all aspects of the charity’s operations, the Historic Croydon Airport Trust is looking to establish a team of “hands on” Trustees to lead the organisation through its next stage of development. This is an exciting time for the newly established CIO with growing recognition in the unique contribution that this landmark 20th century airport played in the development of international air travel.
The CAVC is located in the world’s oldest Air Traffic Control Tower situated in the Grade II listed former terminal building (now an independent business centre). It charts the beginnings of international air travel, record breaking pilots like Amy Johnson and Charles Lindbergh, innovations such as “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday” and Britain’s first national airline, Imperial Airways. The archives are located in temporary accommodation on a separate site.
We are looking to recruit a Chair and new Trustees to strengthen our Board, who share our vision and manage the charity through an exciting period of change. Management and business development experience are desirable, as are administration skills. In addition we are looking for enthusiastic Trustees who have the following skills, experience and attributes:-
Commitment and time to meet challenges and be effective in the role
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Able to work effectively in a team
Prepared to be “hands on” with day-to- day operations
Ensure the charity is well managed, accountable and meets Charity Commission requirements
Provide the Trust with experience and expertise in your field
Act as a representative and champion for the charity
Interested in conserving historic buildings and the history of air travel
As part of our drive to strengthen and diversify our Board we have identified some areas that would be beneficial to the charity: –
Museum management, accreditation process and creative exhibition development
Volunteer recruitment and management
Fundraising, securing corporate and philanthropic sponsorship and/ or bid-writing
Media relations and/or campaigning and communications
Heritage conservation and releasing private heritage buildings for community use
Legal experience appropriate to the charity’s operations with emphasis on copyright and orphan works and/or commercial property
Academic/architectural research of early 20th century buildings
The Chair will play a key role in shaping the development of the charity, steering its future course and working towards achieving national recognition that the landmark heritage building warrants. The Chair will need excellent interpersonal skills and be able to build effective teams, enabling the charity to achieve its goals. As well as the Trustee attributes listed above, ideally the Chair will have experience in some of the following areas:-
Business and strategic planning and delivery
Management and administration preferably at Senior level
Growing staff capacity and recruiting key personnel
Building support from influential organisations at local, regional and national level
Delivering and managing change
Encouraging new and creative approaches to achieve key aims
All the roles are voluntary. The Trustee positions are for an initial two year period. Board meetings are held approximately every six weeks and run for about 2.5 hours. Hours are flexible over the month and would require the equivalent of two days (16 hours).Flexibility and commitments are essential, as are basic word processing and e-communication skills. The Chairperson would need to commit to around one day per week in the initial stages with hours being flexible.