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Conference Workshops and Presentations

Sunday 15th October

Short-Form Video 101 Workshop delivered by Amrit Singh of Rebel Creatives 13.00 and 15.00

Join award-winning artist and creative director, Amrit Singh for a fun and interactive session on all things short-form video from a content creators view point. We’ll cover current trends including TikTok, creating those brilliant hooks to recording footage and editing on a mobile device!

Monday 16th October. Doors open 08:30 until 17:00

Our full day conference will be held at the Newcastle Civic Centre, Grade II* status building. Working in partnership with the Architectural Heritage Fund we will be bringing you a jam-packed day

Welcome from Heritage Trust Network’s Chair of Trustees, Jeremy Fenn, followed by a Welcome from Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay / Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Plenary Speakers

The Role of Built Heritage in Tomorrow’s Sustainable Communities

Our Headline Sponsor, Architectural Heritage Fund’s Director of Programmes, Dr Kelcey Wilson-Lee.

This talk will examine how the conservation and adapted reuse of the historic environment can benefit future-focused communities, including the promotion of community cohesion and support towards our climate goals.

Introduction to New Historic England Regional Director Tom Frater

Tom Frater recently joined Historic England as the new Regional Director for the North East and Yorkshire. In his conference speech Tom will discuss topics including the value of Heritage Trusts to the wider heritage sector, as well as heritage retrofit and net zero.

A Meeting of the Mince Pie Club

Martin Hulse, Manager of Tyne & Wear Buildings Preservation Trust, Carol Pyrah, Chief Exective of Urban Green Newcastle, Chris Barnard, Chief Executive of Ouseburn Trust and Graham Bell, Director of Cultura Trust.

Case Study of Trinity Gateway Studios CIC

CEO Martin Hylton

Star & Shadow Cinema Case Study ‘Facilities for the Community’

The Star and Shadow Cinema is a 100% volunteer-run organisation that specialises in film and music events, and is owned by it’s community members.  This talk will describe the building, all that is in it and how the community took ownership.  It will also explain how the organisation operates without paid staff or management.

Heritage Trust Network Youth Forum & Digital Heroes Update

In 2022 the Heritage Trust Network Youth Forum was formed to combat the disconnect between the young people, heritage sites, and opportunities in the UK. Since then, the Youth Forum has produced several blogs, an advice library, started a podcast channel, and ran a speed mentoring event.

Their presentation at Conference will update delegates on who their members are, what they have achieved over the last year, and their future plans.

Workshops (attend three throughout the day)

Learning from Failure

Workshop delivered by Churches Conservation Trust’s Isabel Assaly, Head of Regeneration and Amanda Gerry, Regeneration Manager.

As a sector we are brilliant at celebrating success, but less so about being open when things go wrong in project delivery – whether due to oversight or an unintended consequence of our action.   This workshop will discuss how the Churches Conservation Trust has learnt from their mistakes, how this has strengthened their project management process and approach to historic church regeneration, and how they need to accept that with innovation comes a whole raft of unanticipated and unintended consequences and get better at understanding and predicting risk.

Rain, rust and sand – the ongoing battle for coastal heritage organisations

Workshop delivered by Diane Stephens, Heugh Battery Museum Manager.

This workshop will explore how works were phased and prioritised for a major funding bid to undertake urgent repairs to a rapidly deteriorating coastal battery.   An interactive discussion and shared learning experience about how the Heugh Battery Museum made decisions and how others may have chosen a different route.

Places and spaces that excite and engage everyone!

Workshop delivered by Becki Morris, Lead Access Auditor, EDI Consultant at EMBED

Your passion and commitment to preserving buildings is immeasurable. But sharing buildings to support and preserve legacy and sustainability is often missing vital and critical ingredients, accessibility and inclusion.

By not designing accessibility and inclusion in, we miss the opportunity of attracting, engaging and retaining visitors and supporters of our buildings. This has  a knock-on effect to creating a sustainable future. It also means that we leave organisations at risk of litigation due to lack of commitment, consideration and care in our actions resulting in high costs of putting it right.

During this session, we will:

  • Explore what an access audit is and how it fits into your strategic and operational planning when considering saving buildings, the historic high street and your projects
  • Understand the diversity of requirements and responsibility to capture this critical information when developing projects and work within the built environment
  • Consider the role and importance of accountability and risk with accessibility and inclusion
  • Develop and consider inclusive volunteering and workplace culture as being key to connecting accessibility and inclusion within the visitor experience
  • Share practical tools and myth busting to support you to take back to your organisation.

Whose VAT is it anyway?

Workshop delivered by CT: Accountants and Advisers (formerly Chiene + Tait) VAT team members Iain Masterton (Director) and Grant Mackay (Senior Manager).

Iain and Grant will lead a highly interactive session focused on the VAT challenges and burning questions of attendees. With a combined knowledge of over 50 years helping clients navigate VAT rules, Iain and Grant will directly discuss your VAT queries and issues, including tips for dealing with HMRC, VAT recovery, when to register for VAT or VAT reliefs.

How can your heritage asset ‘wash its face’?

Workshop delivered by Kate Welch, founder & CEO of Social Enterprise Acumen CIC.

A practical and interactive session exploring ideas for developing viable and financially sustainable enterprises using heritage assets. The session will use tools that you can take back to your team to help you develop ideas, test their fit and financial viability and use to write your business plan.

Volunteers make Bailiffgate

Workshop delivered by Jean Humphries, Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery Alnwick.

Workshop attendees will learn about the accredited museum Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery, Alnwick which is run by over 61 volunteers via a wide range of roles; how they work effectively together and how that has led to them becoming a highly successful and ambitious award winning museum with exciting plans for the future.

Whose Heritage is it anyway?

A case study-based workshop delivered by Bradford City Council’s Strategic Lead for City of Culture, Policy & Events, Nicola Greenan.

Creating an innovative local heritage strategy for the UK’s youngest city. As Bradford prepares itself to deliver  in 2025 the most diverse geographically and demographically UK City of culture to date. As it has started its journey by creating a new 10 year cultural strategy – Culture is Our Plan they heard loud and clear during this co-produced process that Heritage (not the word) was the key component of what made Bradford special to its people. From food , storytelling, textiles/fashion, moors, hills & mills we had it all , but who knew ? This case study explores unearthing heritage and becoming relevant to its citizens.

This workshop has been kindly sponsored by LDN Architects.

Making Partnerships Work

Workshop delivered by Architectural Heritage Fund’s Gavin Richards, Heritage Development Trusts Programme Manager.

Join this participative workshop to hear from the Architectural Heritage Fund and your peers about what makes partnerships tick. Come prepared to share examples of how partnership working has delivered great results (and maybe get some bad experiences off your chest!). We’ll be working in small groups.

Finding and Retaining Good Trustees with Diversity and Inclusion in Mind

Workshop delivered by Claris D’cruz, Director of Getting on Board.

In this workshop you will find out about the composition of the ‘average’ trustee board and how to identify who may be missing on your charity board. You will learn why having a diverse board of trustees with both skills and lived experience matters to your charity. You will also learn about the barriers to trusteeship that exist for some people and what you can do to remove those barriers so that your charity can attract the widest pool of good candidates when looking to recruit new trustees. You will also be given tips on what to check in the appointment process, things to avoid and preparatory steps your charity can take to induct, support and retain newly appointed trustees.

Journey To Net Zero. Together.

Workshop delivered by Utility Aid, Emily Berry, Partnership Manager.

Net Zero – you might know what it is, and what it means but how do you start your journey to achieving this? This interactive workshop will provide you with ideas and processes you can implement in your charity, social enterprise or voluntary group to help you make strategic decisions on reducing both energy use and carbon.

Filling in the Blanks

Workshop delivered by Buttress, Jenna Johnston Associate Heritage Consultant and Stephen Anderson, Director at Buttress.

In this interactive and fun workshop we will help give the professional team perspective on what clients should know on their capital project journey; and find out how to fill in the blanks by working together.

How to know your shave horse from your froe : green woodworking for all and its benefits

Whithorn Case Study.  An introduction to the tools and basic techniques of green woodworking and the use of the shave horse

Heritage 2033: Exploring the Heritage Fund’s New Investment Principles

Workshop delivered by Jodi Larder, Senior Engagement Manager – North at the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

 Investment Principles will shape the Heritage Funds decision making during its 10-year strategy Heritage 2033. This workshop will explain why Saving Heritage, Protecting the Environment, Organisational Resilience and Participation, Access and Inclusion are important to the Fund, the wider sector and how they fit together to develop strong projects. Interactive elements of the session will utilise participant experiences, as well as case studies and examples from the conference, its site visits and speakers to explore the four Investment Principles more fully. Participants will begin to align their own projects and activities to the principles and leave the session with the knowledge and confidence to use the Funds enquiry services and make applications to Heritage 2033 when its programme opens in January 2024.

Your shop window for the World

Workshop delivered by Becki Morris, Lead Access Auditor, EDI Consultant at EMBED

Your website and social media are the shop windows to your organisations, your buildings and your collections and they are critical tools to attract audiences. They are your second heritage location. They are invaluable sources of publicity and marketing to the world generating key outreach for donations, recruitment of volunteers and communicating values and vision of your organisation.

For websites and social media, access and inclusion in your digital presence is critical to  ensuring people feel seen, valued and acknowledged. And that they own lived experiences and individual requirements will be met.

This session is designed for non-technical people with signposting of where to get help.

During this session, we will:

  • Explore how access and inclusion should be at the heart of website and digital design through your policies and procedures to save time and money
  • Understand social media platforms and what to consider for access and inclusion
  • Consider the role of digital auditing to ensure you are meeting legislation and good practice
  • Share practical tips on accessible communications to attract people to your organisation.
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Questions about this year’s event? Get in touch: admin@heritagetrustnetwork.org.uk