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Using podcasts to engage with new audiences

This case study is based on a session at Digital Heritage Lab’s Digital Skills Day, when Ranjit Atwal spoke to Emma Beck from St Mellitus Organ Restoration Project in Stroud Green, North London and Oonagh Gay, Chair of Islington Guided Walks, about a series of ‘podtours’ they have created. The ‘podtour’ is an audio walking ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

A Positive Post-Pandemic: More Engagement, Bigger Audiences, Better Accessibility

Based in a former nurses’ home in Salford, the Working Class Movement Library is a treasure trove of books, pamphlets, archives, artefacts and fabric memorabilia relating to political and cultural institutions of the working class over the past 200 years.  As part of The Lab strand of the Digital Heritage Lab, the library was mentored ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

Using digital to support your in-person learning offer after reopening

During lockdown heritage organisations have expanded their learning offer to deliver programmes, resources and events online to continue to engage with their audiences. In this Digital Heritage Lab webinar recording, Amy Todd and Liam Cunningham from Dig Yourself consider what elements of online learning can we use to support the in-person learning experience. From expanding audiences, increasing ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Webinars and films

How online events had a positive impact on audience engagement and donations for a small heritage organisation

This case study is based on a session at Digital Heritage Lab’s Digital Skills Day, when David Johnson talked to Celia Gilbert from The Rose Playhouse in Southwark, London about the positive impact this small heritage organisation experienced since moving its events online.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

How a local museum used data and insights to develop a focused digital content plan

This case study is based on a session at Digital Heritage Lab’s Digital Skills Day, when Trish Thomas spoke to Liz Taylor, Curator at Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery, about how the museum has used data and insights on their audience and digital channels to develop a focused digital content plan to help them engage ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

Banishing the backlog with digital volunteers

In this session recorded at Digital Heritage Lab’s Digital Skills Day, Kate Knowlden shares her experience of working on the Museum of East Anglian Life’s ‘Search for the Stars’ project, which is using remote-working digital volunteers to help transfer the museum’s 40,000 paper-based object records over to its online collections management system. Kate highlights the ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Webinars and films

How to plan a successful social media campaign

In this session recorded at Digital Heritage Lab’s Digital Skills Day, Hans de Kretser and Phoebe Cleghorn share the best approaches to planning a social media campaign to achieve success across your digital channels, including: setting aims and measuring them again targets; how to reach your target audiences; optimising your reach; and what to post and how to plan content. This session ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Webinars and films

How to use emails more effectively — email marketing best practice

In this session recorded at Digital Heritage Lab’s Digital Skills Day,  Matt Ecclestone explores the key role email plays in digital marketing and shares his top tips on email marketing best practice focusing on marketing emails and email newsletters. He look at ways to help you measure the effectiveness of your email marketing campaigns including ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Webinars and films

Website navigation — putting user experience first

In this session recorded at Digital Heritage Lab’s Digital Skills Day, James Coleman takes you through the basics of website ‘user experience’ and ‘navigation’. Looking at specific examples, James will explain what these terms mean and give you the tools to interrogate your own website and make improvements. This session was sponsored by Supercool.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Webinars and films

How to expand the functionality of your WordPress website

In this session recorded at Digital Heritage Lab’s Digital Skills Day, Paul Blundell looks at the different types of plugins and extensions that you can add to your WordPress website to help expand its functionality including: custom posts and fields; tagging and content grids; event calendar and bookings; eCommerce and membership; and search. This session ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Webinars and films

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Revealing hidden collections through digital engagement

Established in 1992, the award-winning Tower Museum is located within the historic city walls of Derry~Londonderry, with panoramic views of the city centre and the River Foyle. In this Digital Heritage Lab case study, Dr Ellie Pridgeon explains how the Tower Museum successfully delivered remote engagement during lockdown, developed a digital strategy, and successfully attracted ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

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How digital has helped the delivery of a community project ― Skylark IX’s digital story

Constructed as a pleasure craft during the 1930s, Skylark IX was part of the world-famous armada of British ‘little ships’ used to bring back allied service people during the battle of Dunkirk in 1940. The Skylark IX Recovery Trust was formed in 2013 to rescue and restore Skylark IX and now works with a range ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

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Bringing music to people with live streaming ― Sailortown Regeneration’s digital story

Sailortown Regeneration is a people-led redevelopment organisation based in the Belfast Docks.  In this case study Dr Ellie Pridgeon explains how Sailtortown successfully delivered a remote and popular St Patrick’s Day Live event in March 2021, despite Covid-19. The event was streamed around the world and provided Sailortown with the opportunity to develop its inhouse ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

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Using digital collections to educate, inform and motivate

Established over 25 years ago, the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT) care for some of the most prized cultural assets of the glory days of steam rail travel as operators of West Shed Museum in Swanwick, Derbyshire. PRCLT have been mentored by Oliver Edwards as part of The Lab strand of the Digital Heritage ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

The Space: Digital Rights Toolkit

With an explosion of digital content this Digital Rights Tookit by The Space covers key areas you need to know. Including practical advice and shared experiences from leading producers as well as representatives from arts organisations who have recently navigated rights issues to get their content on TV and online.


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Guide/tools

Lessons learned after a year of doing digital

The digital agency Substrakt organised a roundtable to reflect on the different ways organisations have responded during the Covid-19 pandemic. They gathered a range of industry professionals from various organisations across the UK, USA and Canada to share their own experiences using digital in new ways, on the new ideas generated, and on the things ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Case studies

How to build a WordPress website

A good understanding of how to build a WordPress website will help you decide how much of your organisation’s website you can build yourself and at what point you might need additional support from a web developer. In this Digital Heritage Lab online masterclass recording, Paul Blundell shows you how to set up a WordPress website from scratch ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Webinars and films

Squarespace, Wix or WordPress? — choosing the right content management system to build your website

In this Digital Heritage Lab webinar recording, Paul Blundell explains the role and function of a content management system (CMS). He outlines the pros and cons of Squarespace, Wix and WordPress to help you make an informed decision as to the type of CMS that will help you build a website to meet your organisation’s ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Webinars and films

Webinar: Producing multimedia content on a budget

With the internet becoming an ever more visual medium, heritage organisations have the opportunity to bring their subject matter to life with audio, video, and images. What’s more, the tools for creating this content are cheaper and more accessible than they ever have been. In this Digital Heritage Lab webinar recording, Katie Connolly explains the ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Webinars and films

Website usability and writing for the web

People come to our websites looking to complete a task — whether that’s to plan a visit or to learn something. In many cases it’s the first experience someone will have of our organisation. In this Digital Heritage Lab webinar recording, Nicky Hand covers important principles and practical tips for managing a website and creating ... Read more


Published: 2021 | Resource type: Webinars and films