Digital Skills for Heritage – Meeting the COVID-19 Challenge

Digital Skills for Heritage – Meeting the COVID-19 Challenge

Josie Fraser explains how the Heritage Fund will help organisations face the current crisis and beyond through our digital skills initiative. 

They recently announced our Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, designed to help organisations thrive in the digital era.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made the need for organisations to understand and make use of digital more pressing than ever before.

Because of this, they are working with their partners to better meet the new and emerging needs of the heritage sector. They also want to help organisations develop the skills that will build their resilience long term.

Making use of digital means that staff, volunteers and communities can continue to stay connected. It also means many heritage organisations are having to upskill more quickly than ever before.

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The Heritage Fund will act on what organisations are telling them they need support with, but adapt this as new needs are identified and as the situation changes.

They will work with the sector to help find solutions while keeping an eye to the future – helping develop the skills that will build resilience long term.

Their approach focuses on finding out what organisations need, and scaling support though peer learning and network development, and through providing free, openly licenced resources.

They will continue to keep an eye to the future by building skills that will help organisations through the current crisis and into the future.

Surveying The Sector
The Heritage Fund are inviting all organisations who work in heritage to register now for the Digital Attitudes and Skills for Heritage (DASH) survey, lead by Timmus Ltd – Click here for the English sign up.

You can let them know about your organisation’s current digital support needs. You can also tell them if your organisation currently provides free digital skills support to the sector or would like to.

The full survey will be open between Monday 27 April and Friday 10 July 2020. It will look at a range of issues including putting content online, communicating and fundraising, collaboration and group work, and innovative digital practice.

They ask that only one person from each organisation signs up initially. They will send this person a custom link to pass on to others in their organisation once the survey opens.

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Source: Heritage Fund

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