Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum Management Committee
Friday, 8th January, 2021 11.30 am

Venue: Vitual Meeting

Contact: Democratic Services  Email:


No. Item


Election of Chairman of the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum Management Committee

The Committee is asked to elect a Chairman until the end of the Municipal Year.


Election of Vice-Chairman of the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum Management Committee

The Committee is asked to elect a Vice-Chairman until the end of the Municipal Year.



To receive any apologies for absence from members of the Committee.


Declarations of Interest

Members of the Committee are requested to declare any interests on items included in this agenda. Please refer to the workflow on the preceding page for guidance. Declarations received will be reported at the meeting.



Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 312 KB

To confirm and sign as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 22 January 2020.



Public Items

To receive any public questions, statements or petitions submitted in accordance with the Constitution, which is available to view at the following link:


The deadline for the submission of a public question is 4 clear working days before the meeting.


The deadline for the submission of a public statement is midday the working day before the meeting.


The deadline for the submission of a petition is 10 working days before the meeting.



Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum Update Report pdf icon PDF 672 KB

This report will provide an update on the activities of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum over the last year including the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


Operating restrictions have been applied since March 2020 which has had the inevitable negative impact on visitors, income and learning activities.


However despite the ongoing pandemic, the museum has reopened twice and attracted a high level of visitors compared to similar local attractions. The Pre-Raphaelite exhibition – Beyond the Brotherhood; The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy’ was delivered and then extended so visitors had access after the initial lockdown period.


The DCMS and ACE funded project for the redisplay of three historic rooms was nearly completed and has hugely improved the visitor experience in the first-floor rooms.


Work on the review of governance has continued with steady progress being made.


Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum has been successful in attracting two major support grants from Arts Council England. £29,000 from the Coronavirus Emergency Fund has supported salaries and digital developments.  £226,000 from the Coronavirus Recovery Fund will support the loss of visitor income, investments in future financial sustainability (outdoor catering, signage and new till systems) and provides support for consultancy and professional services needed for the Governance Review.


Acquisitions, Loans and Disposal Report pdf icon PDF 129 KB

To note the new acquisitions to the collection  (the material owned and held in trust in accordance with its charitable objectives by the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum charity) and the loan of material to other institutions (ie public art galleries and museums) and to approve the disposal of items in the collection according to Museums Association Code of Ethics.

Additional documents:


Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum Annual Accounts 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 162 KB

This report includes 2019/20 final accounts for the Russell-Cotes Museum and Gallery Trust. 

Additional documents:


Exclusion of the Press and Public

In relation to the item of business appearing below, the Committee is asked to consider the following resolution: -


‘That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 in Part I of Schedule 12A of the Act and that the public interest in withholding the information outweighs such interest in disclosing the information.’



Museum Governance - Progress Update

To receive an update on the above.