Helping the sector thrive
More than ever, heritage organisations are looking to develop their use of digital technology. Our Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, launched in February 2020, is designed to help them thrive.
Digital keeps people connected to heritage. It can help heritage organisations weather the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and move into a more resilient, creative future.
We are offering a range of activities and resources to reflect the varying needs, locations, sizes and levels of digital experience of heritage organisations.
New training, resources and funding will be available later in 2021 – check back at this web page for more info.
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This free programme is managed by the Arts Marketing Association in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, One Further and The Collections Trust. Activities are designed for small and medium UK heritage organisations seeking to develop their digital capabilities.
Activities for the lab have now come to an end, but recordings of workshops, training events and bootcamps are available.
Heritage Digital is a digital skills programme led by The Heritage Alliance and supported by Media Trust, Charity Digital and Naomi Korn Associates. This programme offers training, masterclasses and resources focusing on marketing, engaging audiences, intellectual property, data protection and online business tools and processes.
Activities have now come to an end, but many recordings and resources are available that will help you get to grips with digital.
Culture24’s Leading the Sector was a professional development course in Digital Leadership. A cohort of 16 leaders from medium-to-large heritage organisations across the UK took part during 2020-21.
They have shared what they learned in a free 'Pathway' resource, designed to help other heritage leaders embed digital into their organisations.
We have produced free digital guides to help heritage organisations get started in key digital areas:
- Making online content accessible to all
- Online security and privacy
- Working with children and young people online
- Getting started with online learning
- Working with open licences
Driving Innovation, Enterprise and Collaboration
In March 2021 we announced a new round of awards. These will help heritage organisations make use of digital to respond to current challenges and equip the sector for the future.
Details of how to take part will be available soon – check back to this page and sign up to our newsletter to stay updated. The projects are:
- Taking Digital Forward: Charity Digital Trust will provide free training and events to help small-to-medium sized heritage organisations use digital to drive business resilience and success.
- A new online digital resource centre for the heritage sector. Three teams from Arts Marketing Association, University of Leeds and The Heritage Alliance will work together to research and answer the heritage sector’s 100 most pressing digital questions in a range of free online learning resources. Topics will include digital engagement, creating content, recovery planning and digital leadership.
- Connected Heritage: We have funded eight networks to support communities of practice to pool resources and expertise around particular heritage areas. The networks will open up heritage topics to a wider range of people, bringing new understanding and increased relevance.
Discover more digital resources, useful information, great digital projects and initiative updates below:
Volunteers with digital skills came to the aid of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales when people couldn’t visit Skomer Island during lockdown.
A hub of its London community, the Unitarian church relies on volunteers with digital skills to support and share its heritage.
Hundreds of volunteers are helping children’s charity Coram digitise and share its historic archive online.
Out of the pandemic, volunteers have used digital to help Wentworth Woodhouse reach even more people.
Worcester Life Stories are building an online platform for recording and sharing local stories.