Museum and art gallery is after new trustees as it aims to become charitable trust by April this year.

The Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford will officially become a charitable trust in April 2016.

In 2015 members of Torridge District Council agreed to establish the museum - founded in 1951 - as a new trust.

The Burton at Bideford was incorporated in October and is now recruiting a first round of new trustees.

Judith Gentry, chairman of the shadow trustees, said “We will be looking for a broad mix of skills and experience in our trustees and are particularly interested in recruiting proactive and committed individuals who care about the future of the Burton and have something to offer to its continued success.”

Councillor Richard Wiseman, lead member for culture at Torridge District Council, said: “TDC is keen to support The Burton at Bideford in the coming years which will include a significant financial contribution to the running of the gallery and museum.

“The collection held at the Burton will remain in the ownership of Torridge District Council in the care of the trust.

Download a trustee recruitment pack from www.burtonartgallery.co.uk by Friday, February 5.