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Corporate Plan 2019-2023
Statement by the Chairman and Director
Our mission is to enrich people’s understanding of the sea, the exploration of space, and Britain's role in world history. This new Corporate Plan builds on our significant achievements over the previous four years and charts our aims and strategies, and how we will deliver them, in the four year period ahead.
The years 2014 to 2018 were characterised by the Endeavour project which saw us complete the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre at Kidbrooke; undertake much needed, but small scale, improvements at the Royal Observatory; provide new methods of working for staff in open plan and improved accommodation; and open four inspiring new galleries with 1100 more collection items on display. In parallel our ways of working have developed to enable us to engage actively with communities and incorporate views from a range of visitors including traditionally underserved communities and further reach out to local audiences. A number of local and national partnerships have been established as part of this programme engaging organisations on a strategic long-term basis and working across audiences and sectors to ensure organisational change is sustainable. Also over that period we completely refurbished the Queen's House which in its first full year after opening received its highest ever visitor numbers.
This Corporate Plan for the four years ahead to 2023 will see the Trustees and Executive focus on our other two internationally important sites: Cutty Sark, whose 150th anniversary will be celebrated in 2019, and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, whose 350th anniversary will be in 2025. These two elements of our offer, both experiential and intellectual, deserve our attention to raise their standards for the benefit of our audiences and stakeholders.
The third vitally important element in this plan is the drive to become ever more self-sufficient. This requires work by everyone across the Museum to deliver a concerted growth in existing revenue streams, entrepreneurial ideas and the implementation of new income streams. We have made great strides in this over the past but economic and financial pressures over the period ahead are likely to remain challenging. We need to build on our previous success to ensure a sustainable and resilient future - indeed our progress with fundraising and income generation will influence the extent to which we can deliver all of our planned objectives.
These three elements will form the core of our efforts over the years of this plan. Their realization will enable us to build on the achievements of the recent past and reach a new level of success.
Sir Charles Dunstone, CVO, Chairman Dr Kevin Fewster, AM, Director