How an environment can be created that supports the sector in its advocacy.

Find below a summary of the recent work that the Helping Things to Happen working group have been undertaking in order to achieve their vision.

Collaboration in the Historic Environment Sector

The Helping Things to Happen working group have been developing proposals for a new way of working collaboratively beyond 2020 and used the opportunity of Heritage2020’s annual foresight workshop to explore this issue further.

‘Collaborative Working in the Historic Environment’ Sector

The one-day workshop took place in March 2019 at the National Trust in London. It saw 28 representatives of groups that facilitate sector collaboration come together to explore collaborative working in the historic environment through a series of three sessions, each discussing a different aspect of collaborative working.

#HeritageChat on Collaborative Working in the Historic Environment

Our December 2018 #HeritageChat was hosted by the Helping Things to Happen working group and 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.

A detailed summary of the #HeritageChat is available here. 

Digital tools in Heritage

A cross-sector priority for the historic environment is supporting the development of digital tools and ensuring the sector is ground-breaking in its use of digital media. To help towards this, the Heritage 2020 Helping Things to Happen working group organised a workshop in March 2018 to explore ‘what’s over the digital horizon for heritage?’ and followed it up by hosting a twitter chat exploring the theme.

‘What’s over the digital horizon for heritage?’ workshop

On the 8th March 2018, Heritage 2020 held its yearly foresight workshop on a digital theme, and asked the question: what’s over the digital horizon for heritage? Participants came together to discuss opportunities for collaborative working and in groups were asked to identify a single ‘digital ambition’ for each of the following four themes: 1) New audiences; 2) Skills; 3) Conservation management; 4) Re-use of data.

Find out what they came up with by reading a detailed report on the day here.

Alternatively, find a condensed summary here.

#HeritageChat on Digital Technologies and Heritage

The H2020 Helping Things to Happen working group hosted a twitter chat on the 19 April 2018 that explored he topic of digital technologies and heritage and asked the question: what’s over the digital horizon for heritage? Participants tweeted about how digital technology can be used to stimulate engagement with new audiences, how we can use technology and data to better understand audience needs, what new digital skills the sector needs and what the opportunities are for the historic environment sector to forge partnerships with tech organisations.

You can read a more detailed summary of the #HeritageChat here.

The Heritage 2020 Framework document outlines the vision and priorities for collaboration for each working group.