“I’m an archivist, not a merchandiser!” The (im)practicalities of commercial opportunities from collections

Rural Museums Network AGM followed by Speaker Session with Q&A

Thursday 5 October 2023, AGM 2.45pm – 3.00pm followed by Speaker Session, 3.00pm – 4.30pm. Online, via Zoom. The Rural Museums Network AGM is inclusive within the Speaker session and is open to all.

Booking is no longer possible for this event.

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

Join the Rural Museums Network and Guy Baxter, archivist at the Museum of English Rural Life, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of collections commercialisation.

Guy will share his experiences of dealing with the constant demands for The MERL’s vast photographic archive from researchers, the media, and the wider community.

This session is hosted by Rachael Thomas, Rural Museums Network Secretary.

Guy Baxter has led the archive service at the University of Reading – including The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) archive – since 2008, achieving UK Accredited status and contributing to several interdisciplinary projects across stewardship, access, research and engagement. He convenes the department’s working groups on Income Generation and Digital and is a member of the Research Libraries UK working group for the Digital Shift. Guy has long-term professional and research interests in copyright and compliance, cross-domain and interdisciplinary working and in image collection management.

Rachael Thomas (Secretary of the Rural Museums Network) is a museum curator and conservator, based in Inverness, who has worked with collections across the Highlands of Scotland. Most recently this has included time as Assistant Curator at Auchindrain Township in Argyll, and as Project Conservator during Gairloch Museum’s award-winning reinterpretation.

This seminar is part of our Rural Voices Autumn 2023 series. For more information, please visit our Events page.

Tickets are free for members of the Rural Museums Network, AIMA and BAHS. £5.00 non-members.