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A collaborative project of leadership and development for rural museums.

Working with Cornwall Museum Partnership, we secured funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, to develop and deliver a collaborative programme of leadership and skills development for rural museums in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Click here to complete the Rural Proofing Resilience E-Learning


Interior view of rural life museum
‘The four areas are: strategic fundraising, finance, marketing, and business planning. These have been identified by the sector itself as the main areas that are fundamental to a museum’s ability to continue to thrive and grow. The programme  supports museums to develop effective, proactive and outward-looking leadership, through a focus on strengthening museum boards.’

Combining their extensive experience of working with smaller rural museums, we have collectively developed a skills development programme. Peer groups are coming together for the two-year programme to share successes and ideas, as well as challenges, whilst being supported through tailored business mentoring.

These topics form the basis for our E-learning that is available nationally for museum staff and volunteers, as well as workshops and a mentoring scheme that will work with selected museums in the South West.

The Resilience Programme will be investing nearly £400,000 over two years to achieve a cultural shift in the way museums respond to, and take advantage of, a fast-changing environment to ensure they are able to strengthen and deepen the vital role they play in their communities.