Scotland’s Community Heritage Conversations (SCHC) 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, 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.
BSL signers 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.
Watch this space for 2023 dates.Watch SCHC event recordings
You can follow the events on Twitter using hashtag #CelebrateCHC
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.