Reap the Rewards: Benefiting from Rural Networks – South East and London

Posted on: 23 July 2019

When: 17th October and 28th November 2019

Where: The Weald and Downland Living Museum and Chiltern Open Air Museum (or 8 other venues nationwide until 4th February 2020)

How Much: Free to attend and a bursary opportunity (up to £125)

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 (Specialist Subject Network) has created a practical knowledge-development seminar specifically for you.

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 Programme

The South East seminars are part of a nationwide programme, and delegates are free to book whichever event suits them best.

We have an amazing line up of 10 host museums across England and Wales, ready to share their projects, and practical learning with you. From award-winning sites to England’s first open air museum; over 1,000 years of history to contemporary collecting; the journey to resilience and revealing collections; living history to collections in use – all designed to create a better experience for visitors.

Our RMN hosts bring a wealth of knowledge about working with rural collections, as well as the benefits of engaging with the network when they don’t know the answer!

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.

To book the South East events: OR

Or the whole programme is here:


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. Please go to to apply.

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