Reap the Rewards: Benefiting from Rural Networks

During late 2019 and early 2020, the Rural Museums Network was delighted to head out on the road to provide a programme of networking and knowledge sharing opportunities across the regions, to both members and non-members alike.

Reap the Rewards: Benefiting from Rural Networks was generously supported by Arts Council England’s Subject Specialist Network Fund.

The 1940s Farm at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

The 1940s Farm at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

These events provided the opportunity for those working with, or looking after, rural and agricultural collections in any role to feel more confident about using their rural collection in a greater range of stories and activities, creating a better visitor experience.  These events also helped to develop better awareness of routes available to access information, advice or help about rural collection issues.

The award-winning Somerset Rural Life Museum which reopened in 2017 following extensive redevelopment.

The award-winning Somerset Rural Life Museum which reopened in 2017 following extensive redevelopment.

There was also the chance to be inspired and acquire practical experience from the wonderful host museums on a variety of projects related to using rural collections to create better experiences for visitors, and sustainable organisations.

Check out the the posts on our news feed to see the experiences noted from some of those who attended events from Somerset Rural Life Museum to St Fagans and many more besides.

Many thanks to our fantastic host venues and members who supported these events and gave us all the chance to explore some fascinating places:

♦ Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Bromsgrove

♦ Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, Beamish

♦ Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont Saint Peter

♦ Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket

♦ Rutland County Museum, Oakham

♦ St. Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

♦ Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury

♦ Weald & Downland Living Museum, Chichester

♦ Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York

The Reap the Rewards programme of events is currently being evaluated, and the feedback received will help inform our future events programming.  Watch this space!