About Us

Founded in 1995, the St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust is a registered charity and a key partner of the St Albans Museums Service. Its work includes supporting the development and improvement of the community’s museums and galleries. This is done through assisting with fundraising, allocation of grants, support to collaborative funding bids, with promotion, through assistance with strategy, and through our proud championing of them as a cause for support.

The object of the Trust is “the advancement of the education of the public by the development promotion assistance and improvement of museums historic buildings and archaeological sites in and around the District of St Albans.

The Trust believes that the museums, galleries, historic buildings and archaeological sites of St Albans and the surrounding district bring great benefit to the community. They inspire, they bring learning, they can help us change and develop, they draw visitors to the area, and they are community centres.

A Teaparty at Napsbury

A Tea Party at Napsbury’ by Louis Wain

The Trust was a key partner, of St Albans City and District Council and the University of Hertfordshire, in the development and creation of St Albans Museum + Gallery. In addition to being part of the Programme Board and being fully involved in decisions about the project, the Trust led the fundraising team that raised over £1.6 million towards the £7.75 million project.

The Trust has previously been a key funding partner for two projects of national significance. The first project involved extending and improving the Verulamium Museum; the award winning museum of Roman life. The second, in 2002, was erecting the building to house the Roman Hypocaust and Mosaic floor in Verulamium Park. This project encouraged and enabled increased access to this world class example of a Roman under-floor heating system and the outstanding mosaic floor covering it.

Smaller projects have included:

  • Assisting with obtaining funding for exhibitions such as the UH Arts curated Barbara Hepworth exhibition and the St Albans Museums Service’s Pickling Project
  • Viewing platform outside the Hypocaust
  • Signage for works of art around the City
  • Children’s mosaic craft table
  • Costume History talks including Dickens, Royal Brides, Titanic
  • Purchase of display cases
  • Funding WWI live history

The Trust has no employees and is managed by its Trustees, supported by an administrator. It meets regularly.

Its Trustees are:

  • Caroline Eldred (Chair)
  • Edmund Connolly (Chair Designate)
  • Tracey Cook
  • Sarah Cowper
  • Chris McIntyre
  • Richard Sved
  • Anthony Rowlands

Allen Mills is our Trust Administrator.

Our audited accounts can be viewed on the Charity Commission website by searching for us with our Charity No. 1051868.