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Museums & Resilient Leadership Programme

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The Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme (MRL) is a unique course designed to develop you as a new kind of leading cultural professional. The Programme draws on a wealth of knowledge and insight about leadership in the cultural and commercial sectors. It puts this learning at your disposal to help you become a cultural leader for the 21st Century; resilient and entrepreneurial.

Supported by Arts Council England (ACE) through the National Portfolio Organisation programme and led by Black Country Living Museum, MRL employs a highly innovative workshop format including two residentials alongside a number of site visits to leading cultural organisations across the UK. 

A highlight of the Programme is the study visit overseas, which provides an outstanding opportunity to look at museums, galleries or cultural social enterprises in other countries

The Programme is part-funded by ACE, and there is a small registration cost to the organisation of each participant. 15 places are available for cultural professionals across England.

 Applications for the 2020-2021 programme are now open until 5pm on Fri 31 Jan 2020.  Find out more  

What  our participants say:

“MRL has helped me to become more resilient in many ways, it helped to build my personal confidence, extend my networks, fully understand my business including the budget, visitor stats and space analysis and focus on my values. There is a lot of talk about resilience and income generation at the moment but MRL made me realise that the most important thing isn't what we do but why we do it.”

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