#HeritageChat is a monthly, one-hour Twitter chat for the historic environment sector. It is run on the third Tuesday of the month, 13.00-14.00, from the handle @HeritageChat and uses the tag #HeritageChat so that participants can keep track of the conversation.

The next #HeritageChat will take place on Tuesday 16th November, 1-2pm as usual. The topic of November’s #HeritageChat is ‘Heritage and Levelling Up‘. The chat will be facilitated by Owain Lloyd-James, Head of Levelling Up and Places Strategy at Historic England). The questions which will be discussed are the following:

  1. How do you interpret the term ‘levelling up’?
  2. How can heritage contribute to levelling up and why should the heritage sector be looking to engage with it?
  3. What have you / could you contribute to levelling up? Do you know successful experiences/projects that contributed to ‘levelling up’?
  4. Who are the people / sectors we should be working with? What kind of partnerships should be fostered?
  5. Where has heritage made a difference in areas that needed levelling up?
  6. What risks should be considered when planning projects aimed at contributing to ‘levelling up’?

Please get in touch with Francesca if you want to suggest a topic for one of the next #HeritageChats. You can lead the chat or we can lead it for you! 

How to take part

Follow @HeritageChat. On the day of the chat, get online and search #HeritageChat on Twitter to keep track of the tweets (we suggest to filter by ‘latest’, rather than ‘top’). We will share the agreed questions one by one (they will all start with Q1, Q2, etc. and include #HeritageChat so you will see them in your filtered feed). You can reply to the questions and it’s helpful if you make reference to the questions in your answers, using A1, A2 etc. at the beginning of your tweet. Please remember to include ‘#HeritageChat’ in your tweets to take part in the chat. If you can’t take part during the live #HeritageChat, you can tweet your answers later in the same day and your answers will be recorded in our summary.

Do you need a diary scheduler to remember when #HeritageChat takes place? Download it here for Outlook and for Google calendar!

If you want to suggest a topic and/or to run a chat, please email us at HEFsteering@theheritagealliance.org.uk. If you want to be informed of the next #HeritageChats, subscribe to our newsletter!

#HeritageChat November 2021 – Heritage and Levelling Up

Closed pubs in Leeds.

Ahead of the launch Heritage Alliance Heritage Debate on ‘Levelling Up’ What does it mean for Heritage?, November’s #HeritageChat discussed Heritage & Levelling Up.

Thanks to Owain Lloyd-James (Historic England) who helped us facilitate the chat. Lots of great points were shared on: What do we interpret as ‘levelling up’ and why heritage organisations should engage with it, who to partner with, what risks should be taken into account. Participants also shared a wide range of successful case studies.

You can read the summary of the chat here.

If you want to continue the discussion on levelling up, don’t forget to book your place at the Alliance’s Heritage Debate (on Zoom, 30 Nov, 10.00-12.00) – book tickets, send in your questions, and even write a short blog on the topic!

Picture: Dan Burton on Unsplash.com.

#HeritageChat October 2021 – Heritage & COP26

A picture of Wrest Park, managed by English Heritage.

Ahead of the launch of our report Heritage Responds, #HeritageChat discussed Heritage & COP26.

COP26 is a great opportunity for UK organisations to think about their work, and how heritage is linked to climate change. Participants were asked to share the small and big steps they are taking to tackle climate change; where there are gaps in research; what policy changes need to be made to prioritise the reuse and repurposing of historic buildings. It was recognised that many conversations related to climate change focus on the built environment, so Heritage Chat participants explored how we can make sure other sectors are considered in decision-making, and how we can involve local communities. Linked to this last topic, the Chat finished with a focus on international matters.

This #HeritageChat was run by our own Suzanne Huggett-Jones (HEF COP26 Task Group Manager) in collaboration with the members of the task group and Emma Healey (Heritage Declares).

You can read the summary of the chat here.

Picture credit: English Heritage.

#HeritageChat September 2021 – What do Universities need from the sector (and vice versa)?

A student walking close to a building of the University of Oxford.

September’s #HeritageChat discussed What do Universities need from the sector (and vice versa)?

This #HeritageChat was run in collaboration with Lizzie Glithero-West (the Heritage Alliance, HEF member and hosting organisation) and Oliver Cox (University of Oxford).

Participants shared ideas, thoughts and experiences on practical barriers and positive examples for collaboration; ways to diversify audiences and to enhance the sustainability of organisations through collaboration; policy challenges that collaboration could contribute to solve. In the last three questions, #HeritageChat addressed heritage organisations, students and academic research and asked them to share future outcomes for collaboration, practical needs and opportunities for support.

You can read the summary of the chat here.

Picture credit: Victoria Heath on Unsplash.

#HeritageChat July 2021 – Industrial Heritage

July’s #HeritageChat was dedicated to Industrial Heritage.

Participants lively debated important topics for the future of industrial heritage, such as the skills that the next generation of industrial heritage volunteers need; steps to be taken to ensure that communities remain at the heart of industrial heritage; tips to engage younger generations; practical solutions to provide marketable experiences that are authentic and avoid over-commercialisation; adaptation of industrial heritage to a low carbon world and interpretation of their fuel use to a more environmentally aware audience (this is also connected to the work of our COP26 TG); main challenges and opportunities for industrial heritage in the next three years.

You can read the summary of the chat here.

Picture credit: Ray Harrington on Unsplash.

#HeritageChat June 2021 – Reopening Heritage

June’s #HeritageChat focused on ‘Reopening Heritage‘, as many heritage venues and museums reopened (with capacity adapted to social distancing measures) in Step 3 of the Government Roadmap. ‘Reopening’ is also one of the main themes of the Heritage Recovery Plan, prepared by Historic England with and on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum. This chat was led in collaboration with Mike Heyworth, manager of the HEF Covid Task Group. 

Participants shared thoughts on: the positive aspects they noted when visiting a heritage venue since reopening, the feedback that venues and museums are receiving from visitors, lessons learned and challenges, further support needed for staff and volunteers, good tips to share with other heritage venues that still have to reopen.

You can read the full summary of the chat here.

#HeritageChat May 2021 – Future Innovation Challenges for Heritage

What does ‘innovation’ mean today in heritage? What challenges may be tackled through innovation? May’s #HeritageChat explored these topics, in collaboration with the National Lottery Heritage Fund and The Young Foundation. as part of a new research and development project. The chat built on the results of a series of workshops run by NLHF and The Young Foundation, and the responses shared in the chat will be included in their ongoing analysis.

The chat wanted to encourage ‘blue skies thinking’ in relation to innovation and collaboration in the sector. It started by exploring the ‘distribution’ of innovation in the last years, through the identification of the areas where heritage innovation energies have been concentrated over the last five years. Then, participants were asked to share case studies of effective collaboration between different parts of heritage (HEF is a successful example!) and of the adoption of innovations from beyond heritage. Participants shared thoughts on how to move forward, and on what would they need to innovate in their work. The chat concluded with a forward-looking question on future challenges in the next ten years. Read here the summary of the chat.

#HeritageChat was born as a means of widening Heritage2020 programme’s consultation process. It is now an opportunity for HEF to engage in a conversation with the wider sector, and to inform the work to reach the outcomes set in the Strategic Framework.

#HeritageChat is run by different people and organisations from the heritage sector, on a rolling monthly basis. The theme is selected by that month’s host. These ideally relate to one of the priority areas set out in our Strategic Framework.
All topics should seek to strengthen partnerships and collaborative working in the historic environment sector.
The host puts out an open call for questions a couple of weeks in advance of the scheduled #HeritageChat, and selects around six-eight questions for use in the session. The questions are published as the programme for the chat session a few days before the chat itself.
During the chat, the organiser tweets the questions from @HeritageChat using a format that allows participants to respond to each question. Questions, answers and discussion are all tagged #HeritageChat during the conversation so everyone can follow the thread. The chat is recorded via Tweetdeck, and the summary is published here, in our website.

We want to connect HEF with historic environment sector organisations more widely than through the current working groups.

We want to provide new opportunities for the sector to contribute to our Strategic Framework, and for us to disseminate our resources.

We want to develop a network through which the sector can build and share the benefits of collaborative working.

#HeritageChat Archives

Each month #HeritageChat will be archived on the HEF website.

To view the #HeritageChat archive, click here.