Jul 19th 2018

Improving the Resilience of Rural Museums


Cornwall Museums Partnership and South West Development are pleased to announce the launch of their Resilience programme.

With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cornwall Museums Partnership and South West Museum Development will develop and deliver a unique collaborative programme of leadership and skills development.

Combining their extensive experience of working in collaboration with smaller rural museums, CMP and SWMD have developed a wraparound programme of skills development. Peer groups will come together for the two-year programme to share successes and ideas, as well as challenges, whilst being supported by hands-on business mentoring.

Clare Pennington, Resilience Programme Manager, says, ‘The Resilience Programme aims to tackle five key areas of museum development to enable museums to embrace the opportunities presented by a challenging political and economic environment.’

‘The five 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 will also look at the challenges posed to museums around developing effective, proactive and outward-looking leadership.’

These topics will form the basis for  e-learning pilots that will be available nationally for museum staff and volunteers, as well as intensive 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 the next two years into developing and supporting a vital cultural shift in the way in which museums are able to respond to and take advantage of a fast-changing environment to ensure they are able to continue the amazing work that they do at the heart of our communities.

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