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Rural Museums Network (Subject Specialist Network)

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 (Subject Specialist 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. 


Hot drinks and lunch will be included at each seminar. Specific dietary needs will be requested before the day.


Please follow an event link for each museum's webpage for access information.

If you have a specific access need then please let us know at and we will aim to accomodate it.


We have a number of bursaries available for each seminar and encourage you to apply, especially if you are from a small museum or heritage site where training opportunities are limited. 

Please follow the link for each museum's webpage for directions.  For harder to reach venues we will encourage lift shares amongst attendees if required.





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