SOMERSET and Devon County Councils are seeking a chairman and up to seven trustees to lead an important new charity called the South West Heritage Trust.

The trust will have responsibility for: managing the Museum of Somerset in Taunton and the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury; curatorial care of more than three million museum objects, caring for the archives and protecting Somerset’s historic environment.

The trust will have guaranteed funding of £10m over five years.

Trustees will not be paid, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Anyone interested can attend an open evening at the Museum of Somerset on January 27.

A Trustee Recruitment Pack, which contains details about the roles and how to apply, can be downloaded from