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Isle of Wight museums work together for sustainability

At the last Isle of Wight Museums Forum in March, it was agreed that representatives of all the island's Accredited museums would come together to explore areas of potential collaboration for a future partnership funding bid.

The first workshop took place last week at Dimbola Lodge, facilitated by Lucy Marder, Museum Development Officer. Isle of Wight Heritage Service, Classic Boat Museum, Dimbola Museum, Carisbrooke Castle Museum and Brading Roman Villa were all represented. Participants explored examples of partnership working in other parts of the UK and overseas, focusing on how collaboration has been used to maximise funding opportunities. They then worked to identify key areas of common ground in their forward plans and began to develop ideas for a shared project. These ideas will be further developed at a second workshop in July, prior to initial proposals being shared with Arts Council England.

The day also provided the opportunity to celebrate the launch of a new joint heritage promotional brochure produced by members of the Isle of Wight Museums Forum.

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