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Scotland's Community Heritage Conversations

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conversations is an online monthly event series bringing together volunteers, community groups and heritage professionals

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conversations is an online monthly event series bringing together volunteers, community groups and heritage professionals. Launched in November 2020 as a digital re-imagining of Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference, it is growing rapidly in popularity and attracting over 100 participants each month.

The aim is to provide an engaging and approachable forum for sharing experiences and opportunities, discussing emerging policy and practice, and supporting one another through new and innovative solutions as we move through the present emergency towards recovery and renewal. So far, the Conversations have celebrated resilience within community groups, looked at adapting through digital, discussed exciting new ideas in youth empowerment and examined the connections between heritage and wellbeing.

The conversations are delivered through a partnership of Historic Environment Scotland, Archaeology Scotland, The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, Northlight Heritage, the Scottish Community Heritage Alliance and the Scottish Council on Archives, who together are coordinating a wide range of contributors from public bodies, third sector organisations and community groups.

All Conversations are hosted on Zoom, are free to attend and comprise a blend of talks followed by a Q&A, informal coffee break rooms, live polls and a lively concluding discussion. Those of you familiar with the Community Heritage Conference will also be pleased to know that the rapid-fire One Minute Mayhem, a 60-second ‘open mike’ soapbox, also has a popular slot on the agenda.

Like everyone over the past twelve months, we have been feeling our way into the interactive tools that Zoom offers, and we continue to introduce innovations to improve the experience for all participants. BSL signers now join the sessions and subtitled recordings will be made available as soon as possible after each event. This approach has been well received and helps to grow a sense of community where everyone is supported on what is a learning journey for all.

You can follow the events on Twitter using hashtag #CelebrateCHC

This is the event programme for the rest of 2021, if you are interested in contributing to an event please email developmentandcommunity@hes.scot. Booking will go live at least 4 weeks in advance of each event and can be found at add link to events page.

All events will run from 10am to 12.30pm:

13 October - Heritage & Climate Change

13 November - Celebrating Community Heritage

15 December - Cool Yule: Celebrating World Traditions (tickets available soon)

Please share these events within your networks as there are many people, many groups, many communities we haven’t yet reached who could have a big positive impact on the Conversation.

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