Digital Skills for Heritage

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Digital Skills for Heritage is an ambitious two-year initiative designed to raise digital skills and confidence across the whole UK heritage sector.

Last updated: 12 August 2020

Digital Skills for Heritage

More than ever, heritage organisations are looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of digital. Our Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, launched in February 2020, is designed to help them thrive.

Helping to embed digital into heritage work

We are offering a range of activities and resources to reflect the varying needs, locations, sizes and levels of digital experience of heritage organisations.

The first phase of these activities have been refocused and shifted online in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis to better meet current need and take the sector into the future.

We will update this page as new support becomes available.

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Activities and resources

Digital guides

We have produced free digital guides to help heritage organisations get started in key digital areas:


Each guide is launched with a webinar session. These events will be added here when available. 


Recommended resources

We asked the sector what new digital projects and skills organisations were tackling in lockdown. We used what you told us to create this list of online resources.

Digital Heritage Lab

We have funded the Digital Heritage Lab, a free programme for small and medium heritage organisations seeking to develop their digital capabilities. It is managed by the Arts Marketing Association, in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, One Further and the Collections Trust.

The programme is providing workshops and events, digital bootcamps and The Lab digital skills academy. 

Applications to join The Lab have now closed, but you can still register your interest and view webinar recordings.

Heritage Digital

We have also funded Heritage Digital, a digital skills programme led by The Heritage Alliance and supported by Media Trust, Charity Digital and Naomi Korn Associates.

Heritage Digital will offer training, masterclasses and resources focusing on marketing, engaging audiences, intellectual property, data protection and online business tools and processes. 

Running until July 2021, Heritage Digital will support over 700 heritage organisations.

What else are we doing?

Leading the Sector course

Culture24’s Leading the Sector is a professional development course in Digital Leadership for a cohort of 16 leaders from medium-to-large heritage organisations across the UK.

Digital Attitudes & Skills for Heritage (DASH) survey

Led by Timmus Ltd, our sector benchmarking survey has enabled organisations to understand their current digital practice and provided practical support. Sign ups to the survey also helped us to identify digital priorities for the sector. 

The survey is currently closed and we will be sharing the project findings in October 2020.

Digital Confidence Fund

Our Digital Confidence Fund is providing grants and mentoring for organisations to get started on specific digital initiatives. This is targeted at organisations active in one of the 13 Areas of Focus set out in our Strategic Funding Framework

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