MD North Forum: Beningbrough Hall, York, Tuesday 22 October 2024

Our museum forums offer you “a professional day out” – a chance to catch up with your museum colleagues in the region, visit an interesting venue, get the most out of being at a site, hear some interesting case studies – and enjoy being out in a different museum with different colleagues!

Forums usually start with tea and coffee from 10am and introductions from 10:30am. A delicious, complimentary lunch is provided. Meetings usually finish around 3:30-4pm.

Every forum will involve a chance to view and discuss at least one aspect of the host site, hear short case studies from different speakers, and share brief updates with colleagues.

The theme of this forum is interpretation and storytelling.


10:00-10.30 Arrival and Refreshments
10.30-10:45 MDN Welcome & Introduction to the day, Liz Denton and Alan Bentley, Museum Development Advisers, Museum Development North
10:45-11:10 Philip Newton, Community Participation Manager, York Museums Trust, Co-curation
11:10–11:35 Rosie Barrett, Ryedale Folk Museum, Designing Temporary Exhibitions 
11:35-12:00 Alexa Buffey, Beningbrough Hall, Interpreting a Historic House 
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:30 Tour of the Hall
1:30-1:55 Fiona Burton, Participation Manager and the Creative Learning Producers Team, York Museums Trust, Live Interpretation
1:55-2:20 Naomi Peach, Project Officer, Kiplin Hall, National Lottery Heritage Fund ‘Interpreting Kiplin for 400’ project
2:20-2:45 Chris Walker, Bright White Ltd and Trustee of the Association for Heritage Interpretation
2:45-3:15 Regional Updates – an opportunity to hear the latest news!
3.15-3.30 Closing Discussion, MDN Thanks & Signposting, Liz Denton and Alan Bentley, Museum Development Advisers, Museum Development North

Whilst we hope there’s something in the plan for the day that appeals to you, we often find that it’s the unexpected and spontaneous conversations that spark most ideas and opportunities! So, join us for a refreshing, professional day out and see what fresh thinking you can gain.

Access:  Please note that the meeting will be on the first floor of the Stable Block which only has step-access (no lift).  There is a lift and level access in the house. The distance from the car park to the Stable Block is approximately 100-150 metres – the ground floor houses the visitor reception, so it is the first building as you approach.

For more information, please contact:



Beningbrough Hall
York, YO30 1DD