Chairman agreed to take an urgent update to this item as legal
advice had just been obtained which would assist Members in their
consideration of the options available for the future of the
Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment charity.
The Committee considered the report of Ms Victoria Barlow, the
Museum’s Director which provided information on proposals to
transfer the collection to the National Army Museum.
Committee made the following comments:-
·That a submission to the Charity Commission would
need to set out clear and robust reasons why the Trust should be
·A representative from the Regiment should be sought
and asked to oversee the Trust’s dissolution. A representative from the dissolved Trust should
be asked to join the Maidstone Museum Foundation.
·The remaining monies from the collection could be
used to a) provide for remedial work to be carried out for the
collection; b) put the collection online; and/or c) provide a
Following the comments from Members, Ms Barlow undertook to come
back to the Committee at a later stage with costings and an update
on the issues discussed.
1.The progress of the Museum Twenty Year Plan
2.The Committee takes the decision in principle to
dissolve the collection and donate it to the Maidstone Museum in
view of its limited funds and the inability to raise funds as
necessary to accommodate its recharges.
3.Officers draw up a clear set of reasons for the
dissolution of the charity to the Charity Commission.
4.Officers provide a cost analysis for the
conservation of the collection where required, the provision of
putting the collection on-line and the provision of a memorial
5.Officers make enquiries to see if there is still a
representative of the Queens Own West Kent Regiment who would be
willing to be part of the new Friends Association to oversee the
smooth transition of the collection to Maidstone
Committee considered the report of the Museum’s Director, Ms
Barlow which detailed the position of the National Army Museum in
relation to the future of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent
Regiment Museum’s collection.
noted that a meeting had taken place in August 2018 where Museum
officers met with representatives of the National Army Museum and
the Army Museums Ogilby
Trust. During the meeting the
organisations set out numerous ways in which they could support the
local retention of the collection.
However, they did indicate that they would not be willing to accept
That the position of the National Army Museum in regard to the
future of the QORWKRMT be noted.