Community Heritage Conversations, 2020-21

A new series of events to bring together volunteers, community groups and heritage professionals.

Archaeology Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Council on Archives, Northlight Heritage, the Scottish Community Heritage Alliance, and CIfA are delighted to announce Community Heritage Conversations, a new series of events to bring together volunteers, community groups and heritage professionals, providing them with a stage to share experiences, inspire one another with ideas and plans, and to celebrate the places that matter to us all.

Community Heritage Conversations is a re-imagining of Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference, which since 2012 has developed into a lively forum bringing together many different voices from the heritage world. Life has changed in 2020, of course, and this year the organisers bring you a series of monthly online events to explore the themes of resilience, innovation, adaptation & celebration. The series will start in November 2020 and run throughout 2021.

Regular attendees of the Community Heritage Conference will find many of the familiar features (and familiar faces) that have made it such a success – short talks showcasing the wonderful achievements of community heritage ventures around the country, lively discussions and, of course, the rapid-fire One Minute Mayhem.

The first Conversation will be a half-day event on the morning of Saturday 14th November, under the banner ‘Celebrating Resilience’, and speakers will be from community groups who have pushed forward with their projects during this oh-so-challenging year, and have ambitions for the immediate future. The event promises to be a memorable day of talks through hearing from those involved with community heritage in testing times.

This will be followed on Wednesday 9th December by the second event, on the theme ‘Adapting to Digital’; more details of this will follow in the coming weeks. The organisers would like your help in shaping these Conversations, so please get in touch if there is a theme you would like to see discussed, or if you know of a great project that needs to be highlighted.

The Conversations will be hosted on Zoom and will be free to attend. Some people have found it difficult to engage with virtual platforms, but please be assured that the organisers will be on hand to help you get the most out of the day.

Details and booking:

Any questions – don’t hesitate to get in touch with the organising team at