Many thanks to the fantastic team at Beamish: the Living Museum of the North who hosted the 2019 annual seminar of the Rural Museums Network on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th October.
Delegates were treated to Beamish’s ‘Power from the Past’ event on Sunday 6th October: a great chance to see the museum’s impressive collection of steam and road transport in action, as well as some visiting vehicles.
The following day, discussions continued with a brief AGM including an update on the Arts Council England funded Understanding Rural Collections project. Seb Littlewood, Senior Keeper, detailed the challenges of moving and telling the story of a Weardale farm building – the wonderfully named Wobbly Pot Cottage.
Following an update on the fascinating Remaking Beamish project, when team members shared the challenges of major project management, delegates enjoyed a tour of the Regional Resource Centre and as much of the 300 acre site as time would allow!
Plans are already being developed for the 2020 annual event – watch this space for more information!