The Network is very pleased to publish the report ‘Rural Museums: Ten Years On’. It was written by Hilary McGowan following an approach to the Network by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council.
Ten years ago rural museums faced particular difficulties. Many museums were struggling to manage the increasing demands of holding agricultural collections and meet the changing expectations of visitors. This was compounded by the insularity of many rural museums and the diversity of the sector.
Hilary has taken the time to fully understand the issues and report on the journeys taken by particular museums over this period. Many other museums and museum services throughout the UK can learn from her account.
Hilary reported initial findings to the 2011 AGM at Melton Carnegie Museum on 10 May 2011: