Historic Environment Scotland (HES) are delighted to be able to announce the 3rd of their Community Heritage Conversations, which is a half-day event on Youth Engagement.

It’s not a secret that young people are under-represented in terms of engagement with heritage. It’s an issue that our sector has been trying to tackle for many years. This session will look at how community heritage organisations are approaching youth engagement, and their efforts to involve young people in all aspects of heritage work. From making our work more transparent and accessible to young people from all backgrounds to demonstrating that heritage is relevant to their lives, there are things we can all do to welcome and champion young people in the heritage sector.

The Speakers for this session will be

  • HistoricScot Youth Forum/Young Scot group: Challenges and opportunities for young people and the heritage sector
  • Marie Morrison, North Uist Heritage: Children in North Uist explore the effect of climate change on their heritage.
  • Our Story Scotland: Collecting and archiving the stories of young LGBT people.
  • Stove Blueprint: Blueprint 100: providing creative experiences and opportunities for young people

The  speakers will offer expert advice, support and insights relating to youth engagement and we will hear from community groups who have been successful in attracting young people to get involved with their work.

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conversations is a new series of digital events to bring together volunteers, community groups and heritage professionals, providing them with a stage to share experiences, inspire and support 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. This 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, our rapid-fire One Minute Mayhem. But those of you who are new to this will be especially welcome; you will bring new thoughts to the discussions and, we hope, will leave with you minds buzzing with fresh ideas and new insights.

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

HES would be grateful if you could please let us know if you need any support with accessibility to the event as soon as possible.


Booking is now open – just click HERE

Also, if you would like to offer a 60-second presentation in our One Minute Mayhem, please email chcscot@gmail.com

Follow this event on Twitter using hashtag #CelebrateCHC

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