Reap the Rewards: Benefiting from Rural Networks

Do you want to feel more confident about using your rural collection in a greater range of stories and activities, creating a better visitor experience?

Do you want to develop better awareness of routes available to access information, advice or help about rural collection issues?

If you are a non-specialist working with, or looking after, rural and agricultural collections in any role, the Rural Museums Network (RMN) has created a practical knowledge-development seminar specifically for you. This national programme, run regionally, is free to attend, and comes with a bursary.

Be inspired and acquire practical experience from our host museums across the regions on a variety of projects related to using rural collections to create better experiences for visitors, and sustainable organisations.

Experience the value of rural collection networking, and gain knowledge about how you can access RMN information, advice or help.

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

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

You will take away:
♦  Inspiration and practical experience, targeted at non-specialists, from your host museum relevant to rural collections and their stories, to create better experiences for visitors
♦  Understanding of how the RMN can support your development, with signposting to relevant resources, information, advice and expertise
♦  A new network of regional and national colleagues working with rural collections
♦  An opportunity to contribute to the development of the RMN to ensure it continues to be a source of relevant support to all those working with rural collections.

Book by region or a location or theme that catches your eye – the choice is yours.

The Programme
We have an amazing line up of 10 host museums across England and Wales, all ready to share their projects, and practical learning with you. Seminars run from the 15 October 2019 until 4 February 2020.

View the whole programme here>>

Or choose by region/country:
South West: Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury – Tuesday 15 October

South East: Weald & Downland Living Museum, Chichester – Thursday 17 October 2019 
and Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont Saint Peter – Thursday 28 November

West Midlands: Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Bromsgrove – Tuesday 22 October 2019

East Anglia: Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket – Wednesday 6 November 2019

North West: Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Kendal – Wednesday 13 November 2019

Yorkshire: Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York – Thursday 21 November 2019

North East: Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, Beamish – Thursday 16 January 2020

Wales: St. Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff – Tuesday 21 January 2020

East Midlands: Rutland County Museum, Oakham – Tuesday 4 February 2020

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.

Bookings are via Eventbrite, an external booking site.  Please click here to see the whole programme, then follow links to the sessions to book>>

When you book, you will receive confirmation from Eventbrite.  You will be contacted by the RMN 2 weeks prior to the seminar date on the email address provided at the time of booking, to notify you of further details (e.g. agenda, catering, monitoring).

Cancelling your booking
If you can no longer attend the seminar which you have booked on please let us know by going back into your Eventbrite booking and cancelling or contact us at as soon as possible and at least 2 weeks before the event.

We have a number of bursaries available for each seminar, up to the value of £125, and encourage you to apply, especially if you are from a smaller museum or heritage site where training opportunities are limited.

The seminars are free, so the bursaries can be used to support staff or volunteers with associated attendance costs (e.g. travel, accommodation).

Bursary recipients will be asked to produce a short write up of the seminar they attend for the RMN blog and programme evaluation.

To apply please download and complete the Expression of Interest form available here>>

Deadlines for applications
October’s Seminars:                16 September 2019

November’s Seminars:            30 September 2019

January’s Seminars:                9 December 2019 Extended to 19 December 2019

February Seminar:                   6 January 2020

You will be notified if successful within 3 days of the deadline, enabling you to complete an Eventbrite booking.

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