Introduced in January 2017, the Rural Diversity Network (RDN) was initiated as part of the Arts Council England supported Change Makers leadership programme with Dr Tehmina Goskar, and is now coordinated by the team at Cornwall Museums Partnership.
Through the Rural Diversity Network, we are trying to tackle geographic exclusion. Cultural policy around diversity has often been centered on the visible diversity of big cities. The Network aims to balance this by providing another view and campaigning for equity for rural regions. Where investment in culture in the rural regions has been biased towards creating an offer for tourists, resulting in inclusion challenges for organisations engaging with local communities the Rural Diversity Network will help to challenge, inform and develop new practice
We want to start a conversation and get people talking.
Starting from January 2020 until December 2020, we are using the powers of social media to get the hashtag #RDNetwork used as a place for conversation. Each month, we will bring in a guest host for an hour on the Cornwall Museums Partnership’s Twitter page where, using #RDNetwork, we aim to get a topical discussion going.
Age UK Cornwall – January
Age UK Cornwall guest hosted in January where the topic was social isolation and loneliness. The questions asked were;
St. Petrocs – February
In February we had St. Petrocs guest hosting where the topic was housing / social and economic deprivation. The questions we asked were;
Cornwall 365 – March
At the end of March, we have Fiona Wotton, Director of Cornwall 365 taking over the reigns on the Cornwall Museums Partnership’s Twitter page where the topic is ‘tourism’. We want to talk about diversity and inclusion in this context which is different to the visible diversity of big cities on which cultural policy is usually based. Now, with the onset of the coronavirus we’re asking how museums and tourism businesses can work together to support the visitor economy and their communities. Here are the questions you can expect to see on Tuesday 31 March 2020 between 7-8pm;
Watch this space for updates of forthcoming months, including details of the topics up for discussion and who will be guest hosting.
It’s simple! All you need to do is head over to Twitter, follow us and join in the conversations using #RDNetwork during the coming months. We will let you know via our social media pages and newsletter when to expect the takeover, and then it’s a case of getting online and engaging with us. We want to hear from you so don’t be shy, let’s get the conversation started.
If you’d like to get involved or guest host for us then please contact our Marketing and Impact Officer, Jody Woolcock. Jody will happily chat to you about ways in which you can get involved.
Please email Jody here; firstname.lastname@example.org