Reap the Rewards: Benefiting from Rural Networks (West Midlands)

at Avoncroft Museum

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 for rural collections) has created a practical knowledge-development seminar specifically for you. This national programme, run regionally, is free to attend, and comes with a bursary opportunity.
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 Rural Museums Network information, advice or help.
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.
Book by region or a location or theme that catches your eye – the choice is yours.

West Midlands event at Avoncroft Museum – Covering over 700 years of Midlands history, this is England’s first open air museum. With over 50 years of experience of interpreting their collection of historic buildings, they continue to develop their storytelling and visitor experience. Simon Carter, Director, and Nick Sturgess, Head of Collections and Interpretation, will share their latest work, including how they are using their collection to both tell stories and generate income, and the importance of live costumed interpretation.
Your RMN host will be Chris Copp, Senior Museums Officer, Staffordshire County Council.

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