The National Army Museum (NAM) was founded by Royal Charter in 1960 at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and moved to its present site on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea in 1971. Between 2014-2017 the Museum underwent a £27million transformation project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Mission of the Museum is to tell the story of Our Army and the soldiers who have served in it since its formation in 1660. This is a continuous story of service in the Land Forces of the Crown by soldiers from over 50 nations.
The NAM Group comprises three elements, an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, a charity and a trading company.
The Museum attracts an annual footfall of over 250K and a digital footfall through its public programme, social media and web-based products of many millions. We hope to build our audiences to a physical footfall of over 300K by 2028. We aim to make all of our collections globally accessible and to become the leading authority on the history and traditions of Our Army through high quality research and exciting and inspiring public history. We are proud to be sponsored by today’s Army and to support it in bringing its incredible and diverse history to the widest possible audience. We believe passionately in working with the Army, academic, heritage and service charity partners to maximise the reach and relevance of the stories we tell through our world class collection and museum.
Due to the retirement on rotation of existing members, we are specifically seeking to appoint a Military Historian to Council, with experience in academia and who has been published. The ideal candidate will have worked in academia, and in the field of the Military History of British land forces or forces under the crown, and have well-developed networks in the academic Military History and broader history communities.
Key responsibilities of Council are to:
- set the Mission, Vision and Values of the NAM;
- develop the overall strategy with the NAM Director and Senior Leadership Team;
- oversee operational and financial performance;
- provide guidance to the Director and Senior Leadership Team;
- maintain effective board performance.
Members of Council are appointed for a three-year term, which may be renewed once, and are not remunerated (reasonable expenses will be paid).
There are a minimum of three meetings a year but preparation time, service on sub-committees and other Council duties can considerably increase this time commitment. Meetings are normally held at the NAM, Chelsea in London.
The Council recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse membership and is committed to equality of opportunity. During this round we are particularly looking to diversify our membership.
The closing date for all nominations is Sunday 11th June 2023. Interviews will be held over July/August 2023.
Appointments are subject to references.