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Resilience in Museums

June 23, 2013

Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale

With news of more public sector cuts impacting museums next year it is pleasing to hear some good news stories within the museum world. The Association of Independent Museums conference in Manchester this month showcased two examples of organisations bouncing back. Cogges, a historic farm in Witney and Arnos Vale Cemetary in Bristol both were closed to the public 4 years ago. These two sites were revitalised by their respective local communities. A core of active Trustees and a band of volunteers enabled Cogges & Arnos Vale to reopen and survive. Indeed the Bristol cemetary won the English Heritage Angel Award in 2011. Although their respective futures are not guaranteed, a combination of local committment, commercial acumen and success with grants provide an inspiration for us all.

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