Digital Skills for Heritage

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Digital Skills for Heritage is designed to raise digital skills and confidence across the whole UK heritage sector.

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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How we are helping you

Digital Heritage Lab

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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

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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.

Leading the Sector

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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.



Digital guides

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

Driving Innovation, Enterprise and Collaboration

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Butterfly Conservation. Credit: Ben Hanson

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:

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Advice: Understanding our licence requirement

At The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are committed to ensuring the greatest possible public, social and economic benefit from the work we fund. Today (16 September) we are updating our licencing requirements to better support that. Use of digital technologies to create opportunities to connect

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