Heritage Day goes digital this year!
Heritage Day is The Heritage Alliance's signature annual event, open to everyone across the heritage sector. We are going digital this year, offering a chance for people to network and come together virtually to discuss key topics for the sector in 2021.
This year, it will be held in a new format across two mornings, over Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th March 2021 (10am - 1pm each day).
This informative and interactive online event will provide the same elements, with some new digital experiences in the form of virtual reality, whimsical performances and online networking, to enable attendees to still connect and interact with other sector professionals in a virtual space.
Attendees will also hear keynote speeches from, Caroline Dinenage, The Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Sir Laurie Magnus, Chair of Historic England and as well as the launch of Heritage Counts. The event will close with the presentation of Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Awards to the winners, which this year are particularly poignant, with all the hard work the sector has done when faced with extreme challenges.
Book on to the event by Monday 22nd March to ensure you receive a full delegate pack ahead of the event, with all the details you will need. Don't forget to also book onto the breakout sessions on offer each morning (full details below).
This event is generously sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.
Enagage with us on social media in the lead up to and during the event using #HeritageDay2021
Heritage Heroes Awards 2020
For over a decade, Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Awards have celebrated the incredible contribution of volunteers in the heritage sector. More than a simple thank you, these awards are a great opportunity to demonstrate how communities can take ownership of the historic environment around them and make a real difference.
Each year at Heritage Day we announce the winners of these Awards, sponsored by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, the UK’s leading insurer of Grade I listed buildings.
Volunteers are vital for the protection of England’s heritage. From caring for rural heritage sites to devising new ways of working remotely, volunteers’ skills, passion, and commitment have proved to be more crucial than ever in 2020. This Heritage Day, we are therefore celebrating the outstanding contribution Britain’s heritage volunteers made to society through this year's awards.
The three award categories this year are:
- Heritage in Lockdown Hero Award
- Supporting the Sector in Lockdown Award
- Digital Heritage Hero Award
Further details about the awards and past winners can be found here.
The winners will be announced after 12.30pm on 25 March 2021 on day two of Heritage Day (Thursday 25 March).
We'll be sharing details of the finalists in the week leading up to Heritage Day on social media, so be sure to follow the hashtag #HeritageHeroes2020.
A true Heritage Hero is a person who generously gives time and knowledge to creating and preserving beautiful places and objects, often under the radar, for the benefit of everyone. They make a huge contribution to their community by making local places and stories more loved and accessible.
- Peter Ainsworth, Chair of The Heritage Alliance
The awards this year are being designed by the very talented Joby Carter, who will be bringing an extra element of heritage craft to this year's Awards ceremony.
Joby grew up on Carters Steam Fair, the world’s largest and most beautiful vintage travelling funfair, where he learnt skills that directly link to the master painters of the Victorian age. Carters Steam Fair is a member of the Association of Independent Roundabout Proprietors [Heritage Alliance Member].
You can see more work from Joby Carter Originals here.