TWAM Development Trust

Welcome to our new Chair and Trustees

We are very happy to welcome a new chair and three new trustees to the board of our charitable trust. Phil Kite has taken up the position of chair, and Crystal Hicks, Grant Murray and John Holmes join as trustees in what is the 10th year of TWAM Development Trust.  

The Trust performs an essential role in TWAM’s fundraising which supports the running of our nine venues, caring for our 1.1million collections and delivering our community and learning programmes – which have continued to support people during lockdown.  

The new trustees join TWAM at a challenging but exciting timeas we plan the reopening of our museums and galleries and welcome our new director later this month.  

Looking ahead there are a range of significant exhibitions and events on the horizon which will provide opportunities for the trustees’ to attract fundraising support, including the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the Laing Art Gallery and celebrations for the 1900th Anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall in 2022. 

Find out more about our Trustees.
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The Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Development Trust (The Trust) was established on 1 December 2010 and is registered as a company limited by guarantee number 7334262 and is registered with the Charity Commission under charity number 1137867.

The Current Directors/Trustees are:

  • Philip Kite - Chair
  • James Garbutt - Vice Chair
  • Ron Ashtiani 
  • Helen Cadzow
  • Christine Holland
  • Anna McCready
  • Lauren Regan
  • Charlotte Windebank
  • Crystal Hicks 
  • John Holmes  
  • Grant Murray

Find out more about our Trustees.

The objectives of the Trust are:

  • to advance the education of the public (particularly, but not limited to those within, the metropolitan county of Tyne & Wear) by encouraging them to participate in and contribute to the activities of an archive and museum service managed by Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM) and to value it for the positive impact that it makes upon their lives;
  • to advance art, culture, heritage and science by supporting TWAM to establish and maintain a world class archive and museum service that is accessible and enlightening;
  • to contribute to the advancement of civic responsibility and good citizenship by supporting TWAM to help to equip people with the capacity to understand and operate successfully in society; and
  • such other charitable purpose beneficial to the community consistent with the Objects above as the trustees shall in their absolute discretion determine.

The Trust carries out its objectives by raising funds from individual donors, trust and foundations to support a wide variety of museum activities including:

  • Exhibitions and displays
  • Capital improvements
  • Cataloguing
  • Acquiring objects for the collection
  • Conservation and restoration work
  • Learning programmes
  • Outreach projects with all sections of the community

By supporting activities like these, the Trust is able to help Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums achieve its strategic vision of ensuring everyone has access to museum provision, are able to use this access and to value it for the significant and positive impact that it makes upon their lives.

Annual Report and Accounts

Annual Report and Accounts

The following links will take you to the unaudited accounts for 2017/18 to 2019/20.

Annual Report and Accounts 2017/18

Annual Report and Accounts 2018/19

Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20

Copies of further Annual Reports and Accounts can be obtained by contacting the Corporate Governance team on

Privacy Notice

TWAM Development Trust's privacy notice can be found here.

The notice provides information about what personal information we collect from you, how and why it is collected, when and with whom it might be shared, and how long it will be kept. It also provides information on your rights to decide how it might be used, how you can access it, require it to be deleted and corrected and your rights to complain.

Business partnerships

Find out more about how we can connect businesses to millions of people via our venues and online by downloading our Business Partners Brochure or read more about partnering with TWAM, the largest cultural collective in the North East here.