New funding launched for heritage organisations looking to increase digital skillset

Over 2,500 people from heritage organisations across the UK are expected to benefit from free training and support to develop their digital skills, thanks to a new initiative launched today by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The initiative, aptly named ‘Digital Skills for Heritage’, is designed to promote digital skills and leadership across the heritage sector, and will also help organisations increase their digital confidence and use technology more creatively to bring heritage to more people across the UK.

Josie Fraser, Head of Digital Policy for The National Lottery Heritage Fund said:

“We’re excited to launch our new advocacy initiative ‘Digital Skills for Heritage’ today which aims to drive up digital capabilities across the heritage sector and give organisations, of all shapes and sizes, an opportunity to learn how to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

“Heritage organisations are diverse, with widely varying needs – locations, sizes and levels of digital maturity – and our activities aim to reflect that. So, not only are we inviting organisations to learn more about the low cost and impactful, ways to bring heritage to more people, we’re also investing in senior leaders across the sector to use digital methods to help deliver their organisational missions.”

The new ‘Digital Skills for Heritage’ initiative seeks to:

  • Advocate for driving up digital capabilities within the heritage sector through a focused package of communications, namely, sharing knowledge, best practice, tips, tools and other resources with those who might not benefit directly from the first-hand training delivered via the funded opportunities.
  • Support a new wave of digitally informed leadership, by offering welcoming, peer-based training to 30 heritage senior executives to become digital leaders.
  • Provide one-to-one mentoring for organisations who have been identified by The National Lottery Heritage Fund as those who will greatly benefit from increasing their digital skills and confidence.
  • Invest nearly £500,000 in the provision of UK-wide free advice and support on how to integrate digital tools into heritage work more effectively.
  • Make creative, impactful use of digital and support the development of digital skills and digital organisational maturity.