AIM Connected Communities Grants Now Open for 2023

The Association for Independent Museum’s new grant scheme is now open. This offers grants of £15,000 – £100,000 to Accredited and non-Accredited museums delivering projects to improve community connections through volunteering opportunities and/or reducing loneliness and increasing social bonds. Museums will participate in a capacity-building programme that will support and upskill staff and volunteers, provide mentoring and help build partnerships with local organisations.

Specific locations in each region that are eligible to apply, many of which have industrial heritage sites, are as follows:

  • Barnsley
  • Barrow-in-Furness
  • Blackpool
  • Bolsover
  • Burnle
  • Cannock Chase
  • County Durham
  • Doncaster
  • Fenland
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Halton
  • Hartlepool
  • Kings Lynn and West Norfolk
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Knowsley
  • Middlesbrough
  • Rochdale
  • Sandwell
  • South Tyneside
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Sunderland
  • Tameside
  • Tendring
  • Thanet
  • Torridge
  • Wakefield
  • Wolverhampton

The deadline for expressions of interest is 8th June 2023 at 12 noon. Further details can be found here:

NLHF Launches New Guidance & Training on Heritage Digitisation

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is hosting a series of free webinars and panel discussions this spring 2023 to help raise awareness of the need for greater digitisation across the UK’s heritage sector. They are also publishing new, specially commissioned, guidance designed to help small, volunteer-led, organisations better prepare for digitisation projects while keeping their costs down.

The two guides –  commissioned by The Heritage Fund as part of its Digital Skills for Heritage initiative and authored by Dr Andrea Wallace and Dr Mathilda Pavis – are:

The free events include a panel discussion focused on Digitisation Leadership (31 March, 12-5pm, online and in-person at Hamilton House, London), which is open to the public and features experts from the UK’s leading digitisation organisations, discussing how the UK heritage sector can hope to get the best possible value from investment in digitisation.

More details here:

Carbon Literacy for Industrial Heritage Museums Course

Bookings are open for the Carbon Literacy for Industrial Heritage Museums course. West Midlands Museum Development (WMMD) and Museum Development East Midlands (MDEM) are partnering to deliver several rounds of training, using the Carbon Literacy for Museums Toolkit developed by Museum Development and the Carbon Literacy Trust as part of the national Roots and Branches project.

What is a Carbon Literacy course? The Carbon Literacy course will give you an understanding of what climate change is, the scale of its effects, and how museums fit into the global, national and local picture to address climate change. You become Carbon Literate by making an individual pledge, and an organisational pledge to take back to your museum, of what you can do, and is in your power to achieve, to make a significant difference to your carbon impact.

Please note that due to the project’s funding requirements from ACE priority for places will be given to museums who are Accredited or ‘Working Towards Accreditation’. If non-Accredited museums wish to attend then please contact Olvia Basterfield for details of available places at:

A link to the webpage for more information and to book places

Heritage Digital Academy Free Online Summer Training Events

Heritage Digital Academy are offering free online training events on all things digital for heritage organisations across the UK for summer 2022. These sessions are design to help individuals develop new digital practices and build key skills that can be brought back to their organisation.

Click on the links to see more details of the programme events:

To sign up or learn more, visit the Heritage Digital Academy Website

Connected Heritage Webinars From Wikimedia

As part of the National Lottery funded Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, Wikimedia UK is running free webinars to showcase what Wiki-based platforms and digital skills can offer organisations in a heritage context.

Heritage organisations of all sizes are invited to attend. These webinars will cover open knowledge, the digital skills gap, digital preservation and how WMUK is addressing those issues through this project. Participants will be provided with access to resources and materials to take back to their organisations, and the opportunity to follow up with the project and engage in partnership. You need only attend one webinar: sessions are free, open and no prior Wiki experience is required.

Webinar dates

2 February

17 February

4 March

To book follow this link:

You can follow them on Twitter for project updates, and you can contact the team at

Heritage Digital Academy Launched

Following the success of the Heritage Digital project, the National Lottery Heritage Fund ‘Digital Skills for Heritage’ funding stream is now supporting the new Heritage Digital Academy. Dot Project has joined the Heritage Alliance, Charity Digital, Naomi Korn, and Media Trust to further the consortium’s vision of growing the heritage sector’s skills and increasing the adoption of digital through this new initiative. 

Heritage Digital Academy will provide all types of heritage organisations with the tools they need to make effective use of digital within strategic and operational planning. Over the next 12-months (2021-2022), heritage organisations will have the opportunity to work with each other and expert trainers in a number of different training cohorts, modules, events, and webinars focusing on the biggest organisational challenges shared by the sector.

Applications for the first cohorts of the Heritage Digital Academy are now open. These cohorts give you access to four modules based on some of the sectors biggest challenges. With expert trainers, live and pre-recorded sessions and private forums, you’ll also be able to continue learning in a way that suits you best and alongside like minded heritage professionals.

To learn more and keep up-to-date with Heritage Digital Academy or to sign up follow this link: 

Heritage Digital Academy

No One left Behind: Museums Worcestershire’s Free Online Resources for Heritage Organisations

Museums Worcestershire has produced a set of free online resources for heritage organisations, which may be of interest to any early-career staff, trainees, or volunteers in the Industrial Heritage sector.

The free toolkits and training videos are designed to support heritage staff wishing to improve their skills and to aid recovery from the effects of the pandemic. The topics are wide-ranging including guidance on fundraising, learning, marketing, volunteering, events, and collections.

The ‘No One Left Behind’ project is a partnership between Museums Worcestershire and Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service (WAAS), funded by Historic England.

These resources can be accessed via the following link:

Museums Worcestershire Logo

Heritage Compass Business Support

Heritage Compass is a Business Support Programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered by Cause4 in partnership with the Arts Marketing Association and Creative United. This programme has been designed to grow resilience and invigorate the heritage sector across England. Begun in 2020, it is intended that over two years the project will work with 300 small or medium-sized heritage organisations from across the country.

Crossness Pumping Station

Participating organisations will benefit from a range of training, mentoring, and peer learning, through which each organisation will develop a clear business plan, a developed income strategy, and the tools and knowledge to respond to their specific needs and challenges. ​The programme is free to participate in and as part of the programme, a third of all applicants will be offered access grants of up to £5,000. The grant is primarily aimed at organisations with a turnover of less than £250k and with fewer than five staff, so ideal for many industrial heritage attractions.

A number of industrial heritage sites have already benefitted from the first round of support, including Crossness Engines Trust (above). Applications for organisations wishing to take part in the second round of support events are now open, with a closing date of 30th June. Follow the link here to apply for this second round of business support: Heritage Compass | Cause4

Free Media Trust Online Training During Small Charities Week

Media Trust is a well established charity devoted to supporting charities with media advice/training. For Small Charities Week they are providing some free online media related training opportunities that might be of interest to those charities running industrial heritage sites.

On 15 June Media Trust has a free on-the-spot session for digital and communications advice, ideas, and feedback from leading media and creative industry volunteers. If you would like tips on effectively communicating your stories, are looking to increase engagement on social media or there are aspects of your communications strategy that you would like input on, this event is an excellent way to get real-time advice, ideas, and feedback. Follow the link below for booking.

Small Charity Week Comms Coaching | Media Trust

And over the summer Media Trust and Google are holding a series of three, free, online workshops between June and July on ‘Digital Marketing Strategy’, ‘How to Get started with Analytics’, and ‘How To Set up and Grow your Charity Online’. Sign up here.

Heritage Digital Free Guidelines on Social Media & Volunteers

The latest free downloadable guidelines from Heritage Digital have been released to celebrate the end of Volunteers Week. Heritage Digital are also running an online webinar on 175th June on recruiting, retaining, and managing digital volunteers.

The first digital guide is ‘Working with volunteers’ and offers advice to when it comes to the rights of volunteers and the material they create. This can be downloaded from here: Charity Digital – Resources – Digital guide: Working with volunteers: Copyright consideration The second digital guide is a template that can be used as a starting point to ensure that your social media remains on brand and consistent. This can be downloaded from here: Charity Digital – Resources – Digital Template: Social Media Guidelines

Heritage Digital is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund Digital Skills for Heritage funding stream, and aims to increase the amount of free digital skills training and support available to heritage organisations. Booking for the free webinar on the 15th June can be made here: Charity Digital – Heritage Digital Events