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We currently have the following vacancies with Fulham Palace Trust:

Fulham Palace Trust Chair 

Fulham Palace is a truly remarkable place, ranking amongst England’s most important heritage sites. The Fulham Palace Trust was established in April 2011 to manage, restore and promote Fulham Palace and gardens.

Fulham Palace is open 7 days per week to the public free of charge. We have around 260,000 visits to the site per annum and around 17,000 visits to our museum and historic rooms. We have 13 acres of garden, a café, an active and award-winning schools and family learning programme, and a varied events and activities programme. The Trust’s earnt income comes principally from rents and private hire.

Following two major restoration projects in 2005-06 and 2010-11 the Trust has just begun a further capital project, to be completed in 2019, to restore the Tudor section of the building, provide enhanced public access to the Tudor rooms, reintroduce historic planting and improve site wide interpretation. The project is underpinned by a robust fundraising strategy which has raised £3.2m from a range of sources including the Heritage Lottery Fund to date. Our fundraising for this project is almost complete, with around £370k left to find before the end of September 2017.   The project is core to the delivery of an ambitious business plan to increase fundraising and earnt income. Beyond 2020, there will be future development and restoration projects including the restoration of our Victorian Chapel and refurbishment of office and residential accommodation.

We are currently looking for a non-Executive Chairman to continue the excellent work started under Tim Ingram, outgoing Chairman, as the Trust enters this exciting new phase in its history.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about the importance of heritage, who will lead the Trust to deliver its objects and will further the Trust’s mission to engage the community in the history and horticulture of this historic site.  You should have good business acumen with a good understanding of the financial regime within which Charitable organisations operate, be a strategic thinker, a great communicator, well networked in your area of expertise, and able to develop strong working relationships with Trustees, staff and external stakeholders.

This is an exciting opportunity to put your considerable skills to use and to play an important role in the future of Fulham Palace. To find out more about the role please visit view the information pack below or call Jocelyn Ridley of JMR Consultants on 07976 395688 / jocridley@jmrc.co.uk.

To apply, please send a current CV and covering letter no longer than 2 A4 pages stating why you are interested and how your experience matches the attached role profile/person specification by e-mail to Jocelyn of JMR Consultants – jocridley@jmrc.co.uk or by post to:  Sian Harrington, Chief Executive, Fulham Palace Trust, Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue, London, SW6 6EA.

The application deadline is 9.00am on Tuesday 18 April 2017.

Visitor Reception Assistant
Part-time, average 10 to 14 hours per week

Fulham Palace has a history dating back over 5000 years. This Grade I listed building is situated in 13 acres of gardens and was the country residence of the Bishops of London. The Bishop left in 1973 and the Palace is now managed by the Fulham Palace Trust.

Today visitors to the Palace may explore the museum, enjoy lunch in The Drawing Room Café, wander through the botanical gardens or take part in the diverse programme of events. A sought after venue for weddings, parties and corporate events the Palace also offers lifelong learning through a busy education service. There are also a number of self-contained commercial offices across our site.

The Visitor Reception Assistant post is a key role at Fulham Palace. We are seeking a reliable, organised individual with excellent communication and customer service skills to join our small team.

Good levels of literacy and numeracy and experience of Microsoft Office systems are required; previous reception experience and knowledge of the local area are desirable though not essential. Post-holders will be the first point of contact for visitors to our site and via the telephone, providing a link to all other members of the Fulham Palace team and dealing with a wide variety of public enquiries.

Providing a visitor reception function at the Palace seven days a week (including bank holidays), this part-time post will vary in hours due to service needs though will generally be an average of 10 – 14 hours per week split over two or three days. The post holder will work in rotation with other Visitor Reception Assistants and regular weekend working will be required.

Interested candidates should read the full Job Description below before downloading and completing the Application and Equal Opportunities Forms and return them to the Palace’s Business Support Officer by post or email by 4pm on Wednesday 5 April 2017. Curriculum Vitae’s will not be accepted without a completed application form.

Should you have any questions regarding the post please contact us via email at admin@fulhampalace.org or telephone 020 7610 7169.

Interviews are expected to take place: Thursday 13 April 2017

Please note that due to the volume of applications we are unable to offer feedback to those not shortlisted for interview.


Consultant Freelance Archivist

Fulham Palace is a truly remarkable place. For centuries, this Grade I Listed building situated in extensive grounds by the River Thames was the country residence of the Bishops of London with an important archaeological history. The Palace is now managed by Fulham Palace Trust, which is inspired by a vision to restore our nationally significant historic buildings and grounds to their original beauty and to provide outstanding facilities for the local community and visitors from farther afield.

The Trust is embarking on a HLF funded major project ‘Discovering the Bishop of London’s Palace at Fulham’. The project will focus on bringing the iconic Tudor Quadrangle and key historic rooms, such as the Great Hall, back to life by conserving the building and dressing the rooms to show how the Bishops of London would have lived and worked here across the centuries.  The Project will also enhance the botanical gardens, including re-establishing some of the exotic species that were first introduced to Europe by the botanist and bishop Henry Compton in the late 17th and early 18th century.

Our requirement

 A core element of the Project will be an 18-month volunteer archive research and interpretation strand of work, which will undertake further investigation of sources at Fulham Palace as well as in external partner archives. This is with a view to offering  more evidence to support our structured interpretation plan for the Palace. To this end, the Trust is inviting consultant freelance archivists to submit proposals to deliver this work. A detailed consultant brief is attached.

The scope and direction of the research will take as its starting point the sources lists completed in 2016. Resources on site include a small reference library, copies of relevant primary material and a Museum collection which includes archival material and photographs.The research project will address, where feasible, identified gaps in the Conservation Plan and in the interpretation framework to identify, document and make accessible material to support our key themes for permanent and non fixed interpretation and provide evidence for potential co-creation projects, for high quality temporary exhibitions and the ongoing development of a programme of talks and tours.  The project is planned to involve 9 volunteers, of which 4 will be new to Fulham Palace, contributing at least 270 hours over 18 months.

Responding to the brief

To respond to this brief, the consultant freelance archivist should provide Fulham Palace with:

  • A short methodology statement explaining how the brief requirements stated above will be delivered within the timescale required. This should include an anticipated timetable of activities and key dates.
  • CV and details of relevant professional experience and skills. Demonstrating any experience of similar HLF funded projects would be desirable.
  • 2 references from clients of similar work.
  • The extent of professional insurance or indemnity cover.

Responses of no more than 6 pages of A4 should be emailed for the attention of Sian Harrington, Chief Executive, at admin@fulhampalace.org by 5pm on 3 April 2017.

A shortlisting process will be undertaken and interviews will be held on Tuesday 11th April 2017 at Fulham Palace. Consultants are kindly requested to keep this day free for this purpose. All consultants will be informed about whether they are to be invited to an interview no later than Thursday 6th April.

Please note that due to the volume of applications we are unable to offer feedback to those not shortlisted for interview.


Gardens Apprentice (2 x vacancies: one starting April 2017 & one starting July 2017)
Placement includes RHS level 2 or 3
Salary: £12,000 pa rising to national minimum wage after a year
Other: 18 month contract, full time, 40 hours per week

Since 2005 a major restoration project has been underway to revive the Fulham Palace buildings and grounds. Once enclosed by the longest moat in England, 13 acres remain of the original 36 acre garden.  The next exciting phase of the garden project has started, developing the grounds to become a historically informed public garden, aiming to demonstrate high horticulture standards and involving community groups and volunteers.  This London based horticultural placement will provide a unique opportunity to be part of the Fulham Palace gardens team.

Role summary: the Gardens Apprentice will be required to assist in the skilled care, maintenance and development of the horticultural features in the Walled Garden and the entire Fulham Palace grounds, working under guidance and supervision. The Apprentice will work in accordance with the Scheduled Ancient Monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Area Act 1979, amended by the National Heritage Act 1983. The post-holder will be required to work closely with other members of the gardening team including permanent staff, other apprentices and garden volunteers. Volunteers will be from a range of backgrounds and organisations, and will include school groups, adult volunteers with disabilities and corporate volunteers. The Gardens Apprentice will be required to undertake and attend a relevant part-time course in horticulture. This is usually RHS level 2 or 3.

Interested candidates should view the attached Job Description, download and complete the Application and Equal Opportunities forms, and return them to the Palace’s Business Support Officer, Alice Wolvey, by post or email (admin@fulhampalace.org) by 9 am on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

Should you have any questions regarding the post please contact us via email at admin@fulhampalace.org or telephone 020 7610 7169.

Interviews are expected to take place: 4tand 6th April 2017

Expected start dates: April 2017 and July 2017

Please note that due to the volume of applications we are unable to offer feedback to those not shortlisted for interview.



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