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 £10million 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 in Taunton on Monday (January 27).

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