This Thursday, 1st October, the Heritage Digital consortium is hosting it’s first large-scale, free online event, #HeritageDigitalNow. Here’s why you should attend…
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Heritage Digital, a consortium of heritage and skills specialists brought together under the National Lottery Heritage Fund ‘Digital Skills for Heritage’ initiative, are excited that there are only a few days left until #HeritageDigitalNow, a mini-conference designed to get you started thinking about digital strategy and planning for your organisation’s digital future.
With a focus on our 4 key themes of technology, rights, communications and marketing strategy, #HeritageDigitalNow will merge subject expertise with real-life examples from across the heritage sector. Attendees will gain insight into the what, why and how of utilising digital in ways that work for you and your organisation and be inspired to kickstart their digital strategy journey.
We’ve sourced some excellent guest speakers and panellists; our opening Keynote comes from the Chief Executive of Chawton House Katie Childs, and we close the day with Chance Coughenor, Head of Preservation at Google Arts and Culture. Anra Kennedy of Culture24 will be leading a panel of heritage sector leaders in discussing what effective digital leadership looks like; and we have exciting quick-fire talks covering church audio guides to social media battles and more!
The agenda and session overviews for the mini-conference can be found here; in the meantime, below are 3 reasons why you should join us on Thursday morning:
You may already be comfortable with various digital skills in your work (social media, joining Zoom meetings, Collections Management Systems etc.), but how do you make a plan for ongoing use of digital tools and skills? All webinar sessions will explore this question in different ways, and give examples from across the heritage sector (as well as further afield) to give you confidence in your organisation’s digital choices.
With 4 practical webinar sessions to explore across the extended morning, there will be lots of resources, tips and practical advice shared. We’ll be circulating information on what is mentioned across the event afterwards, too.
Feedback from the heritage sector over the summer has informed our plans to create space for questions and virtual networking, as this is one of the key appeals of attending conferences. With this in mind, all webinar sessions and both panels will have time for audience Q&A at the end, and a chat function running throughout the day in which you can chat and share ideas with others from the sector.
As well as this, there are limited informal discussion roundtables available at the end of the event (at 1:30 and 2pm), facilitated by the webinar leaders. Places in each are restricted to 6, so be quick if you’d like to take part in one of these.
The day will run across 2 streams, and delegates will be able to move between them depending on their session of interest; all sessions will be recorded for watching back after the event (with captions included).
Heritage Digital, the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported programme run by The Heritage Alliance, Charity Digital, Media Trust and Naomi Korn Associates is creating high-quality free digital skills training resources between July 2020 and July 2021. The programme is open to the entire UK heritage sector; that means all heritage types across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, whether they are charities, private, independent or volunteer-run. Freelancers in the sector and furloughed staff are welcome to attend. This event is completely free.
Questions about the event? Contact Carmen Talbot (Project Manager, Heritage Digital) on HeritageDigital@theheritagealliance.org.uk
Sign up for #HeritageDigitalNow, the free virtual event for the heritage sector, happening Thursday, October 1st