Whitchurch Silk Mill has appointed an interim Manager to guide the Mill and develop it as a heritage site while the trustees build a strategy for the future.
The appointment is for an initial five months, after which the trustees expect to create a permanent managerial position with a view to leading the Mill to a successful and sustainable future.
Appointment starts today
Sue Tapliss, who until recently was the Curator at the Willis Museum in Basingstoke, has been appointed with effect from today, 13th November, following the departure of the Mill’s General Manager, Stephen Bryer, last week.
A proven record
Sue has a proven track record of delivering museum services and projects that engage visitors and increase footfall by using collections and sites in innovative ways, and says that she prides herself “on running welcoming historic buildings and on being an effective leader of staff and volunteers. The key to success is to engaging people, and that means both visitors and the people who are working on site.”
Prior to working at the Willis Museum, Sue was Curator at Eastleigh Museum and has previously been Curator at Priest’s House Museum and Garden in Dorset.
Developing a vibrant attraction
Keith Watts, Chairman of Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust said:
“We are fortunate to have been able to draft in someone with Sue’s experience and skills at short notice, and very much look forward to working with her to develop the Mill as a vibrant visitor attraction dedicated to silk weaving.”
More good news to follow
Sue, who took up her post today, continues:
“The Trustees of the Mill have already set good things in place that should enable me to get started immediately.
I hope to have more good news to announce very soon.”