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

Image credit: The Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading

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 join as we are currently looking at our future vision for how the organisation can best serve its members in a post-pandemic world. You will be able to help shape the future work of an active and lively Subject Specialist Network.

Rural Museums Network Secretary Melanie Williamson remarked “it’s a fantastic opportunity. I have gained so much from joining the committee, it’s given me the chance to try things outside of my day job and develop my skills. I’ve been able to network with specialists and work with professionals from renowned rural institutions; I’ve been involved in planning and promoting events; and it’s given me ideas for interpreting the collections I work with and wider knowledge of the sector, including the issues affecting museum professionals working in rural organisations. The role is low maintenance, which fits easily into my schedule as I work part time.”

The Committee meet six times a year.  At the moment these are exclusively online Zoom meetings, but we hope to return to meeting face to face at least once or twice a year in due course. The Committee manage the day to day running of the Network, organise an annual conference, and run projects such as the ACE funded ‘Reap the Rewards’ programme.

You certainly do not need to be an ‘expert’ in agricultural collections, and we would love to hear from a wide range of individuals who can help ensure that the committee continues to represent the diverse museums and collections that we’re delighted to have within the network. If you are interested or would just like to find out more, please contact us

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