Historical Dance SocietyArea: UK
Deadline: Saturday 31 December 2016

The Historical Dance Society promotes education in the performance, costume and music of European and other dances from 12th to 19th century as well as their appreciation.

It is a membership based organisation with members in the UK and overseas. It has no office as such. The 8 trustees live in various parts of the UK and come together for the 3 or 4 committee meetings a year at mutually agreed locations plus the AGM.

Its activities include:

  • Research
  • Producing teaching books and CDs
  • Organising workshops, conferences, annual summer schools
  • Publishing research findings

The key responsibilities:

  • paying bills and accounts
  • dealing with incoming money
  • operating frameworks for the handling of money – eg Pay Pal payments links
  • working with others to budget for events – eg summer school
  • ensuring the committee are kept informed of the organisation’s financial situation and reporting on this at committee meetings
  • drawing up annual accounts for presentation at the AGM and Independent Inspection for Charity Commission
  • acting as contact person for Charity Commission and keeping the committee informed of Charity Commission requirements

The society is financially secure. It aspires to be the ‘go to’ organisation in UK for historical dance and dance music. This will call for it to reach out to new audiences and provide new services to attract and then support these new members. There will be more focus on its products and services being available online.

The 8 trustees are currently all interested in historical dance and dance music, but this is not a prerequisite for this role. It is more important to have good technical skills and experience and be able to work well in a supportive environment where individuals come together only infrequently. The chairman has a senior HR pedigree and is used to managing groups and committees to shape and then deliver agreed strategies and plans. The committee works well together.

The individual trustees have allocated roles in the society and these combine strategic and operational work. They are helped to deliver this with a number of associates and the network of various sub groups – eg publications, music, dance teachers. The new treasurer will be mentored and guided by the current treasure and by the chairman.


  • Experience of handling and managing finances of an organization
  • Able to draw up present accounts and budgets
  • Good attention to detail
  • Able to see the bigger, strategic picture
  • Experience of working on committees
  • Able to work well with others
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent IT skills – eg using Excel
  • Able to attend daytime meetings 3 or 4 times a year and the annual AGM


  • Interest in historical dance, music or costume

For more information about the role or information about the work of the committee please visit: www.historicaldance.org.uk or contact the Chairman, Peter Barnard at peter.barnard@me.com.