The Green Howards Trust, which operates The Green Howards Museum in North Yorkshire, has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer.

Emma Woods is a specialist in antique silver, and has worked as a consultant inventorying both private and public collections, having previously catalogued the silver and decorative arts for the Royal Collection.

Woods’ appointment is hoped to assist in the museum’s “increased focus on commercial opportunities”. Woods is a member of the Business Board of the Local Enterprise Partnership for North Yorkshire and East Riding and an ambassador for Leeds University.

Trustees carried out a restructure to create the new post, following the departure of the former Curator-Director earlier this year.

“There are ongoing challenges faced by the heritage sector in terms of finance, funding and sustainability,” said Nick Watt, Chair of The Green Howards Trust.

“We are committed to protecting and preserving our past, but our focus is firmly on the future. Slightly shifting the emphasis of the lead role in our staff team means we are able to move forward in the best shape possible.”

The Green Howards Museum is currently raising funds to improve its Normanby Room, which houses Mouseman furniture and other artwork. The funds will be used to repair and conserve the Mouseman pieces, repair glazing, and improve lighting. The museum also has a collection of objects dating back to 1689, including thousands of images, letters, diaries, uniforms, and medals, and 15 of the 18 Victoria Crosses awarded to soldiers who served with the regiment on display in the Medal Room.

“I’m very excited to take up this new role as it combines my passion for the arts with my love of business,” said Woods.

“We have a fabulous museum, in the heart of Richmond, with an internationally significant collection.”

This year the museum in Richmond has been marking fifty years at its home in the centre of the market town.

“It’s an honour to join the team in this, the museum’s golden anniversary year, and I am looking forward to exploring new opportunities to enhance our position in North Yorkshire’s cultural heritage,” said Woods.

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