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: https://heritage-digital.org/ 

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: www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk/no-one-left-behind.

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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

Rebuilding Heritage Webinars, ‘Survival to Sustainability’, now booking

The Heritage Alliance’s Rebuilding Heritage programme is now taking bookings for its latest round of free webinars during late May through to July. The theme for the latest series of webinars is the post-pandemic recovery and moving from ‘survival to sustainability’.

The Rebuilding Heritage programme is also providing free one-to-one and group support for organisations and individuals in the heritage sector. This support is open to organisations (including voluntary organisations) and to individuals. Applications are now open to receive support July to August. Deadline for applications is 1st June 2021.

Webinar bookings can be made here: Rebuilding Heritage webinars