#digiRDG: Town and Country is a collaborative project between the Museum of English Rural Life and Reading Museum, funded by Arts Council England to the end of April 2018.

New technologies

The project is exploring ways in which both museums can use new digital technologies and ways of working to interpret our collections and work in new ways with our communities. This has led to work with Virtual and Augmented Reality, 3D scanning and printing, interactive web features and experiments in social media and video.


An integral part of the project has been to trial a new way of encouraging people to choose museums and heritage as a career, without having to do a Masters degree in the subject. We have two trainees without formal qualifications in Museum Studies who are exploring all aspects of museum, archive and library work, as well as attending Museum Studies lectures and and other forms of training.

Digital Literacy

There is a strong digital literacy strand for museum staff and volunteers, with monthly sessions on different topics and skills ranging from Instagram to Wikipedia. The project team have embraced Agile management methods to run this project, and have been expanding their approach to colleagues across both museums.

Find out more

To discover more about the project, see the #digiRDG hashtag on Twitter or read our project blogs on Medium.

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