Colleagues from Sweden’s open air museums spent five days at the Weald & Downland Living Museum, job-shadowing and sharing expertise. Here, Ulla Fåhraeus of Sweden’s Vallby Friluftsmuseum, speaks of her experience during her visit.
We visited the Weald & Downland Living Museum for five fantastic days, to learn about our colleagues’ work on site, with building conservation, interpretation, farming and animals as well as with events such as the forthcoming Autumn Countryside Show.
At our museum, Vallby Friluftsmuseum in Västerås, Sweden, we share similar challenges and advantages concerning interpretation, gardening, working with horses and building conservation.
During our visit we had the opportunity to attend the Museum’s annual Building Conservation Conference, which this year focussed on the potential impact of Brexit.
There were some very interesting discussions about networking and knowledge exchange – these are applicable on broader museum topics than building conservation, as problems and solutions are the same across various countries and topics!
We were impressed by the huge dedication from the numerous volunteers we met at the Museum. We wish that we in Sweden could have it the same way! A big THANK YOU to all the staff taking care of us!
We are looking forward to seeing you at Vallby Friluftsmuseum soon!”