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So, you’ve joined the Network but why not go the whole hog?

The Rural Museums Network is run by a dedicated committee of volunteers who support members, organise events and initiate projects. The committee are always keen to ensure that they represent the network as a whole – in terms of the … Continue reading

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RMN’21: Telling the Stories of Rural LGBTQ+ Lives

Our speakers for the final Rural Voices panel session in 2021 were specialists in developing and undertaking new research to uncover and make accessible queer rural stories. Norena Shopland discussed how rural heritage organisations can utilise her research to showcase … Continue reading

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RMN’21: Decolonising Rural Collections

In the second of our Rural Voices Seminar sessions from 2021, we introduced participants to what decolonisation might mean for their organisations and working practices. Until recently, colonial legacies had not been central to rural history, heritage, or museology but … Continue reading

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RMN’21: Representing Gypsy, Roma and Travelling Communities in Rural Museums

In the autumn of 2021, the Rural Museums Network went online once more with a new Seminar Series – tailoring contemporary thinking and practice to those who work with rural life collections, providing practical suggestions and support. Monthly tea break … Continue reading

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Looking back: Why Black Lives Matter in the British Countryside

Our final speaker, Louisa Adjoa Parker, closed our 2020 Conference by encouraging delegates to understand what they can do to support Black Lives Matter in a rural context. A writer and researcher from South West England, she focused on the … Continue reading

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Looking back: Coronavirus in the Countryside – Rural Museums’ Responses to Covid-19 and Lockdown

As we continue our series of posts, looking back on our October 2020 Conference sessions, this event explored three case studies that supported and inspired delegates to manage the changes wrought by Covid-19 on our day to day practice. Chris … Continue reading

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Looking back: How to Reap the Rewards with the RMN

In 2020, we hosted our first online conference, with a wide variety of sessions examining how rural collections and rural sites could respond to global environmental issues, Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter. Looking back, we appreciate that although the conference … Continue reading

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Looking back: Cultivating Change in Rural Collections

Since 2020 was all about change, the Rural Museums Network took the bull by the horns and delivered its first online Conference, with the aim of delving in to some of our greatest concerns and offering practical solutions and support. … Continue reading

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Can you separate the wheat from the chaff? Join the RMN Committee!

The Rural Museums Network is looking for some new members to join its Executive Committee. It’s an excellent way to develop your CV, meet people working in museums across the country and share ideas. It is an exciting time to … Continue reading

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Networking – The Power of People

As part of the Rural Museums Network Reap the Rewards grant, a series of seminars was organised to promote the RMN, a Specialist Subject Network. This event on 4th February was in Rutland, England’s smallest County, at Rutland County Museum … Continue reading

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