Bugsworth Basin Heritage Trust

Formerly the Inland Waterways Protection Society (IWPS)

(Registered Charity number 513405)

For more than 40 years the Inland Waterways Protection Society has worked tirelessly to first save and then, with partners, to restore this complex of canal loading and transhipment basins in the Derbyshire Peak District. Now a Scheduled Ancient Monument and fully restored to navigation, Bugsworth Basin is an important part of Britainís industrial heritage. With restoration largely complete, the role of IWPS is changing to one of managing and promoting Bugsworth as a destination venue, currently attracting more than 50,000 visitors a year, hence the change of name to Bugsworth Basin Heritage Trust.

In order to carry forward its objectives, the charity now wishes to strengthen its management and volunteer teams, through recruiting the following:-

Deputy Site Manager, working with Ian Edgar MBE the current site manager to take responsibility for the day to day management and promotion of Bugsworth Basin. Ideally you should have extensive management experience and an interest in industrial history. Experience of, or working with, charities would be useful but not essential.

Health and Safety Administrator, the Trust works closely with the Canal and River Trust in undertaking routine maintenance of the site, all in accordance with Health and Safety legislation. The H and S administrator should have experience of this type of work and be able to keep up to date the necessary paperwork, in both hard copy and digital formats.

Webmaster/designer, responsible for updating and maintaining the Trustís website. The Trustís archives are currently being recorded and transferred to the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port. Ideally, these will also be digitised and made publicly accessible via the website.

Guides and site interpreters, to meet visitors arriving by water, road or on foot and acquaint them with the industrial history of the basins and the adjacent Peak Forest Tramway, possibly also combined with the role of shop assistants. At present the Trust has a small shop on site but it is hoped to replace this with a larger facility as part of a new visitors centre.

Maintenance volunteers, to work with the existing team in ensuring that the present high standards of maintenance are upheld, including grass cutting, vegetation management, fence painting, filling potholes and many other maintenance tasks.

Publicity Officer, to promote Bugsworth Basin as a tourism destination, both nationally and internationally. Responsible for revising literature and displays as appropriate. Working in conjunction with colleagues from the Canal and River Trust, Inland Waterways Association and other bodies.

All of the above roles are voluntary and unremunerated. Relevant induction and training will be provided and some direct expenses will be reimbursed. It is anticipated that three or four of the new volunteers would also become trustees and thus strengthen the Board of Management.

Job specifications from and applications to Dr Paul Syms, who is advising the trustees, at paul.syms@homecall.co.uk, who would also be happy to respond to requests for telephone discussions. Closing date for applications 24th September 2014.


Last updated 12 August 2014
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