Rural Proofing Resilience

We’re working with South West Museum Development on the Rural Proofing Resilience programme.

With funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we will be delivering a unique collaborative programme of leadership and skills development for museums.

Combining our extensive experience of working with smaller rural museums, we 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 through tailored business mentoring.

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

‘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 will also support museums to develop effective, proactive and outward-looking leadership, through a focus on strengthening museum boards.’

These topics will form the basis for some e-learning pilots that will be 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 the next two 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.

Watch this space for more updates.


Get involved

Download the Rural Proofing Resilience leaflet here.

To find out more and how your museum can get involved email or call 01209 500750.


Working in partnership with South West Museum Development, supported by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.