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The Board of Trustees of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society consists of twelve members. Trustees are elected by the membership of the Society at its AGM in September for a three-year term. They may be re-elected for a further three-year term, after which they must retire.

Two Trustees, the Director of the Dorset County Museum and the Representative of the Dorset County Council are permanent members of the Board of Trustees ex officio.

For 2015 the Board of Trustees is made up of the following people:

Dr. Peter Down - Chairman

Peter was brought up on the Isle of Wight. He qualified in medicine at St Thomas's Hospital in 1963 and was appointed Consultant Physician to the West Dorset Hospital Group in 1972. He retired  in 2003 and has recently written a history of British gastroenterology.  Peter joined the Board of the DNHAS in 2011.

Richard Breward - Vice Chairman

Richard has been a volunteer at Dorset County Museum for seven years and the Honorary Curator of Archaeology for the past four. His interest in Archaeology became serious twelve years ago when he studied for a certificate in archaeology at Exeter University.  He was a Project Manager in the MoD for 37 years and a volunteer with the RAF VR(T) for 24 of those years with the Air Cadets.  For the latter part of his service, he was responsible for training in Dorset and Wiltshire. Richard joined the Board of the DNHAS in 2011.

Dr. Jon Murden - Director of Dorset County Museum

After a first career in higher education, Jon has worked as a museum professional for 12 years.  Whilst at National Museums Liverpool, he curated temporary exhibitions, was a gallery co-ordinator on the Museum of Liverpool project, and became Head of Research. 

In 2009, Jon became Director of Dorset County Museum.  A complete re-organisation, strict expenditure control and generating new income streams was necessary and since that time, the Museum has become financially sustainable.  His involvement in the establishment of strategic partnerships has improved the Museum’s reputation, exhibitions programme and access to grant funding.  The Museum’s ambitious development programme was launched under his leadership in 2013.

Cllr. Peter Wharf - Dorset County Council Representative

Peter lives in Bere Regis with his wife of nearly 40 years and their two Chocolate Labradors (Charlie and her son Sid). Peter started work as a Computer Programmer before having a career change at 37 to read Philosophy Politics and Economics at Oxford University. He went on to become Chief Executive of a GEC company specialising in engineering and software prior to early retirement to concentrate on District and County Councillor duties interspersed with appreciating the finer things in life including cooking, eating, wine and walking – not necessarily in that order.

Sarah Welton

A marine biologist and educator, Sarah has worked locally for the Dorset Wildlife Trust (now a Trustee), nationally for the Marine Conservation Society and internationally on marine education projects in Malaysia, Mauritius and the Seychelles.  She was a Poole Harbour Commissioner for 10 years.
Sarah wrote the Education Strategy for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and wrote text and labels and designed and delivered educational resources and training based on the Museum’s Jurassic Coast Gallery.

Dr. Clare Randall

Clare has been actively involved in archaeology and heritage as a volunteer and professional for more than 30 years. Initially trained as a teacher, she pursued a civil service career before undertaking degrees in archaeology and osteoarchaeology, completing her PhD in 2010. Clare has worked in museums for four years, currently as Museums and Education Manager for Swanage Railway Trust. She has been Treasurer of The Prehistoric Society since 2011.

Jill Minchin

A Dorchester resident for 40 years, Jill became a Trustee in 2014.  She is a long-time Member of the Society and Volunteer Co-ordinator of the Society.  Jill’s other interests include active church membership.  Jill’s academic field is Dorchester’s Anglican church history in which she has an MPhil from King’s College, London.

Max Hebditch

Max was Director of the Museum of London until 1997. He began his career as field archaeologist at Leicester Museums before moving into curatorship at Bristol City Museum. He is a past President of the Museums Association. Brought up in Yeovil, he has strong family connections with Dorset.            

Andy Fleet

Andy is geologist who retired in 2015 from the Natural History Museum, London where he was Keeper of Mineralogy/ Head of Earth Sciences and latterly Assistant Director of Science. His responsibilities included collections storage infrastructure development and links with the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Previously he worked in the petroleum industry and before that was UNESCO Fellow in Oceanography at the Open University. He has lived in Dorset since 2004.

Prof. John Hilton

John gained a PhD in chemistry at Liverpool University.  He then worked in the water industry for several years before moving to a research post at the Natural Environment Research Council, where he studied the chemistry of lakes and later, in Dorset, rivers.   Since taking early retirement, John has volunteered for several charities, particularly DCM where he helps develop databases for recording the museum’s collections

Peter Foster

Peter‘s working life was spent with Barclays Bank for 35 years in many roles including administration and lending, dealing with a wide variety of customers including retail. His training included marketing and staff development.  Peter has also been involved in a range of charitable work.

Dr. Paul Atterbury

Paul Atterbury is a self-employed writer, lecturer, curator and broadcaster, specialising in the art, architecture and design of the 19th and 20th centuries.  He has written books on ceramics, silver and sculpture, as well as others on railway, canals and military history. As a curator, he has worked with the V&A, the Barbican Art Gallery and institutions in the USA.  He has been a member of the team of experts on BBC's Antiques Roadshow for over 20 years