The Board of
Trustees, elected by the membership, are in overall control of the
Museum. All decisions that they make regarding the Museum site and
collection are then ratified by the Museum Management Committee, who
are internally appointed. This system insures that the views of the
membership are represented but kept in line with Museum guidelines
are in communication with the paid staff/volunteers who action the decisions.
generates income from visitors, private functions and engineering
work. Membership fees cover the administration costs only.
situation changes from year to year, due partly to engineering
projects and fluctuating visitor numbers. We have not always been
able to contain the cost of engineering works and although the
situation is currently under control, we have had to borrow funds in
order to meet our financial targets.
management is complex due to the many engineering and restoration
projects we undertake for private owners as well as for ourselves.
These projects sometimes distract us from our main purpose of
operating a visitor attraction, and also absorb significant sums of
money which are not always available from our own funds. We need to
take a more robust view in planning our financial commitments for the
medium and longer term, to ensure that engineering projects are only
undertaken when commercially viable and fully funded from the start.