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Scotland’s Community Heritage Conversations 20/21: Adapting through Digital

Date(s): Wed 9 Dec 20
Location: Online Event

Community Heritage Conversations, a new series of events to bring together volunteers, community groups and heritage professionals.

About this Event

We are delighted to announce the 2nd Community Heritage Conversation, Adapting Through Digital. Scotland’s Community Heritage Conversations is a new series of digital events to bring together volunteers, community groups and heritage professionals, providing them with a stage to share experiences, inspire and support one another with ideas and plans, and to celebrate the places that matter to us all.

Community Heritage Conversations is a re-imagining of Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference, which since 2012 has developed into a lively forum bringing together many different voices from the heritage world. Life has changed in 2020, of course, and this year we bring you a series of monthly online events to explore the themes of resilience, innovation, adaptation & celebration. The series will start in November 2020 and run throughout 2021.

Regular attendees of the Community Heritage Conference will find many of the familiar features (and familiar faces) that have made it such a success – short talks showcasing the wonderful achievements of community heritage ventures around the country, lively discussions and, of course, our rapid-fire One Minute Mayhem. But those of you new to this will be especially welcome; you will bring new thoughts to the discussions and, we hope, will leave with you minds buzzing with fresh ideas and new insights.

Our second Conversation will be a half-day event on the morning of Wednesday the 9th December, under the banner ‘Adapting Through Digital’. We have invited speakers who can offer expert advice, support and insights relating to digital development and we will here from community groups who have used digital to continue their engagement through this challenging year. With your help, we will be creating a memorable day of talks through hearing from you all about your involvement with community heritage in testing times.

The Conversations will be hosted on Zoom and will be free to attend. We know that some of you have found it difficult to engage with virtual platforms, but please be assured that we will be on hand to help you get the most out of the day.

Finally, please pass on this invitation to others who might be interested in sharing their experiences – we are sure there are many people, many groups, many communities we haven’t yet reached who could have a big positive impact on the Conversation. Please help us find them!


Sean Rippington from the University of St Andrews will be speaking about Copyright and its relevance to community heritage groups.

Dr Penelope Foreman, Chief Memory Maker and Storyteller with Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust will be talking about ‘Tackling Digital Deserts and Isolations’.

Clare Cooper from the Cateran Ecomuseum will be talking about their rapid response to lockdown one.

A full programme will be available shortly.

Booking is now open – just register at

Also, if you would like to offer a 60-second presentation in our One Minute Mayhem, please email [email protected]

Community Heritage Conversations is being delivered through a partnership of Archaeology Scotland, the Chartered Institute For Archaeologists, Historic Environment Scotland, Northlight Heritage, the Scottish Community Heritage Alliance and the Scottish Council on Archives.

Any questions? Contact: [email protected]

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conversations 20/21: Adapting through Digital

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