#HeritageChat Archive

We produce a summary of each month’s #HeritageChat for people who weren’t able to take part in the live chats.

Monthly #HeritageChat summaries

Heritage and the High Street- June 2019

June’s #HeritageChat explored all things ‘Heritage and the High street’. Participants discussed the future role high streets will play in society and how they can best be used now. Also discussed was the information that is currently available for communities wishing to get more involved in the future of their high streets and what is missing in this regard. A popular talking point was Historic England’s newly announced High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme and how its funding should be targeted to maximise impact. You can catch up on all the discussions in our summary here. 

Emergency Preparedness in the Historic Environment Sector- May 2019

Last week’s #HeritageChat explored ‘emergency preparedness in the historic environment sector’, a theme that has been discussed frequently in the media following the tragic fire at Notre Dame. The chat provided participants the chance to explore lessons for the future and share with each other their wisdom and experience. Questions explored included: how historic buildings can plan to effectively respond to an emergency; what guidance and networks exist to help with this process; and what we need to think about in terms of managing communications during and after an incident. You can catch up on the ideas that were explored here.

The Legacies of Archaeological Community Engagement in Place Making- April 2019

The 18 April #HeritageChat explored how the legacies of archaeological community engagement in place making can be improved. Discussions focused on what exactly is meant by ‘place making’ in this context and what it means to communities in practice. Also explored was the role archaeology can play in influencing the design of new places before construction, and particularly, in consideration of health and well-being. Catch up on all the discussions here.

Technology and Innovation in the Historic Environment Sector- March 2019

The 21 March #HeritageChat explored all things technology and innovation in the historic environment sector. Participants discussed how technology is shaping research in the sector and what opportunities new technologies present for public engagement. There was also a focus on the digital skills that need to be developed in the sector and how the sector can work together to deliver the goals of ‘Culture is Digital‘. Read an extended summary of the chat here.

Sharing Heritage with Communities- February 2019

The 21 February #HeritageChat explored how heritage professionals can encourage communities to share their heritage with them and what communities want most from the heritage sector.  Also discussed were approaches to strengthening links between heritage organisations and community groups, and particularly with those social groups who do not normally access heritage. Read the summary here.

Infrastructure Projects and Community Engagement- January 2019

The 17 January #HeritageChat explored how infrastructure projects can be used to connect communities with place. Discussions focused on  how communities can take a leading role in interpretation and be involved in post-excavation research, and what problems ‘client confidentiality’ poses to community engagement.  Read the summary here.

Collaborative Working in the Historic Environment – December 2018

The 20 December #HeritageChat explored how the impact of collaborative working can be maximised in the historic environment. Discussions focused on the benefits and challenges of collaboration, effective frameworks, the key attributes for successful collaboration, and how to measure the impact of collaborative work. Read the summary here.

Health, Wellbeing and the Historic Environment – November 2018

The 15 November #HeritageChat explored how the Historic Environment can help to address health and wellbeing concerns and the issues that the sector may need to collectively overcome in order to effectively do this.

Read the summary here.

Apprenticeships in the Historic Environment Sector – October 2018

The 18 October #HeritageChat explored Apprenticeships in the Historic Environment Sector. Discussions centred upon how employers should approach recruitment, how Apprenticeships can help the sector and examples of good practice.

Read the summary here.

Mobile Heritage: Planes, Trains, Boats, Automobiles and more – September 2018

The 20 September #HeritageChat provided a forum to discuss the work that is ongoing within the sector regarding mobile heritage. It was also an opportunity to reflect on issues that may pose a threat to keeping historic transport mobile in the future.

Read the summary here.

Pooling Learning From Youth Engagement Projects – July 2018

The 19 July #HeritageChat provided a forum for institutions and individuals to share lessons learnt from their own past experiences about what encourages young people to engage with heritage.

Read the summary here.

Image sourced: Ignite Yorkshire Twitter (@igniteyorks)

New Uses for Historic Buildings – June 2018

The 21 June #HeritageChat looked at the potential new uses for historic buildings. Topics discussed included the need to maintain historic value whilst embracing any new uses, how best to communicate the positives of re-using historic buildings and related funding issues.

Read the summary here.

#Research Impacting Practice – May 2018

The 17 May #HeritageChat looked at how to improve links between research and practice.

Read the summary here.

#Digital Technologies and Heritage – April 2018

The 19 April #HeritageChat looked at the topic of digital technologies and heritage, asking the question: what’s over the digital horizon for heritage? Read the summary here.

Image: By Martin420 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Industrial Heritage – March 2018

Venice in Peril - Armstrong Mitchell CraneThe #IndustrialHeritage theme covered engaging younger generations, how to take an innovative approach to personal links to the industrial past, the role of volunteers, and more…

Read the summary here.

Diversity in the Historic Environment Sector – February 2018

By MCruz (WMF) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsFebruary’s #HeritageChat was on Diversity in the Historic Environment sector.It picked up on themes explored in the 2017 Heritage 2020 Foresight Workshop.


Follow the chat as it took place here.

Evaluating heritage projects – January 2018

Evaluation - Green tickJanuary’s #HeritageChat was on Evaluation: how can the heritage sector better share evaluation data and create a shared evidence base? Questions included what type of data do people collect for heritage projects? How can evaluation create added value? and What guidance is available? Follow the chat as it took place here.

Heritage and high streets: which way next? – December 2017

site-mock-upThe last #HeritageChat of 2017 was on the topic of Heritage and High Streets.
Follow the chat as it took place here.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Heritage Sector – are we doing enough? – November 2017

HistoricHouses twitter imageThe first ever #HeritageChat, held in November 2017 during Global Entrepreneurship Week. It asked the question: Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Heritage Sector – are we doing enough?
Follow the chat as it took place here.

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