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The Rebuilding Heritage programme provides free resources and webinars.

Current events:

In our final series ‘Survival to Sustainability’ we are thinking about the future for the heritage sector. Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has raised many challenges, it has also created space for us to experiment with new and different ways of working and to think more deeply about what it is we do and why. To return to ‘business as usual’ would be to miss the opportunity to change for the better. In this series we will look at the positive changes we can embrace that will help the sector to move forwards.

This series will run until July 2021.

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Managing Organisational Change

Thursday 24 June, 2pm – 3.30pm

Creative United present a webinar with business consultant Ellen O’Hara who will share tools and techniques for taking a more dynamic approach to organisational change.

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Wellbeing Gym 2

Monday 5 July, 5pm – 6.30pm

Back by popular demand! Wellbeing and Resilience coach Steve Wood will be taking us through some more practical exercises to improve our wellbeing.

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What’s the point of you?
Clarifying your mission

Thursday 8 July, 1pm – 2.30pm

Creative United present a webinar to help heritage organisations reassess, refocus, and make the most of the opportunities for change.

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What’s the point of you?
Communicating who you are and what you do

Wednesday 14 July, 11am – 12.30pm

Media Trust present a webinar on storytelling and the importance of effective communications for heritage organisations.

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Internal Communications

Monday 19 July, 11am – 12.30pm

Media Trust presents a webinar to help you to improve your internal communications and bring your organisation together as one.

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Fundraising for sustainability

Thursday 22 July, 10am – 11.30am

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising presents a webinar to help heritage organisations avoid mission drift when fundraising.

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Leadership for change

Thursday 29 July, 2pm – 3.30pm

Clore Leadership presents a panel discussion providing experiences and insights on leading in times of change.

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Digital is not the answer

Monday 26 July, 3pm – 4.30pm

Media Trust presents a webinar to explore how the heritage sector can reconnect on the ground, engaging non-digital audiences.

Previous events:

In our ‘Ways Out of Crisis’ webinar series we looked at how to undertake planning activity during periods of uncertainty, exploring approaches that can be applied within organisational governance, business planning, fundraising and communications. All of the webinars have been recorded – you can access the ‘Ways Out of Crisis’ resources here.

In our ‘Finding Time’ webinar series we looked at wellbeing, motivation, and inclusivity, ensuring we recognise these as not just ‘nice to have’ but ‘necessary to have’ and reviewing tools to help to implement good working practices in these areas. All of the webinars have been recorded – you can access the ‘Finding Time’ resources here.

By application support

The Rebuilding Heritage programme is providing free 121 and group support for organisations and individuals in the heritage sector. This support is open to organisations (including voluntary organisations) and to individuals, for example: sole traders/freelancers and those running a limited business.

This is a UK-wide programme covering England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

Round 5 is now closed.
Applicants will be contacted the week beginning 7 June 2021.
Please check your junk mail if you have not heard from us by the end of the week.

Round 6 will open for applications on Thursday 8 July 2021.
The deadline for applications will be 11pm, Tuesday 27 July 2021.

Application to the programme are made through an online questionnaire, which should take around 30 minutes to complete – a link to the questionnaire will be made available on this page when applications reopen. Applicants can apply for one, some or all of the support on offer, details of the support offers are included below. The Rebuilding Heritage team will use the application questionnaire to assess support needs and match organisations and individuals to the right type of support.

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Successful applicants will be contacted within a week of the application deadline, support sessions will take place remotely (via video call or phone call).

121 support in Round 6 (FINAL ROUND)

121 communications strategy support from Media Trust

Through this dedicated support package, Media Trust will work with you to assess the strengths and weakness of your current communications activity and to develop an action plan that will enable you to build on your current capacity and resources. In an initial strategy planning session, an expert communications consultant will help you to review your target audiences, messaging, language, and key communication channels and will guide you through the development of your strategy. You will work together to define specific communications objectives, identify areas of weakness, and determine the actions that can be taken to address them and you will receive support in implementation through a second follow up session to review progress.

121 fundraising consultancy from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising

In a one hour session you will be able to explore a specific challenge that you or your organisation are currently facing. An expert from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising will provide you with tailored advice in response to the challenge you have raised. The experts have experience of working with a range of organisations from local charities, to new start up organisations through to well know national names. The topic of your focused discussion can range from fundraising strategy to front-line delivery.

Group training in Round 6 (FINAL ROUND)

Rebuilding Leadership training in groups with Clore Leadership

One individual, in a leadership or senior management position, from your organisation or business will take part in two half day training sessions exploring what it means to be a leader in uncertain and changeable times. Clore Leadership Associate Emma Haughton will lead online training sessions which look at the mindsets of leaders and how these need to adapt to navigate challenging circumstances. In these sessions you will be part of group of heritage professionals in positions of responsibility (including within voluntary organisations) who will work together to explore leadership skills and strategies. These sessions will help you to find courage, resilience and capabilities to lead through and beyond the challenges of 2020 and will provide opportunities for discussion and knowledge sharing.
The training for this round will be two half-day sessions on the mornings of 7 & 14 September.

Managing Wellbeing training in groups with Steve Wood

One individual, with line management responsibility in your organisation or business (this could include volunteer management), will take part in two sessions exploring ways of managing wellbeing. Organisational wellbeing starts with individual wellbeing. In these sessions Steve Wood, an expert in organisational improvement, will guide you in how to implement Wellness Action Planning (WAP) in your organisation and support those you manage during these incredibly challenging times. You will work alongside other heritage professionals to identify ways to develop and agree WAPs, set goals, recognise achievements and plan personal development.
The training for this round will be two 2-hour sessions on the afternoons of 8 & 22 September.

Financial Literacy training in groups with Creative United

One individual, who has responsibility for organisational finances, will be able to participate in an online group training session explaining financial management processes. Through this training you will look at the practicalities involved with day to day budget management, learn how to create and use cashflow templates, and review approaches to financial risk management. This session is designed to help you to gain control over your budgets and to increase your confidence in understanding your organisation’s financial position.
The training for this round will take place on 30 September, between 10am-12pm.

Organisational Storytelling with Media Trust

This half day course is designed to support organisations delve into the techniques and approaches explored in “What’s the point of you? Communicating who you are and what you do”. Working in a small group with other heritage professionals, Media Trust will help you to better understand your organisational story and find simple ways of expressing what makes you special.  Within this practical session you’ll gain an understanding of the essential elements of great storytelling and undertake practical activities to help you hone your message.
The training for this round will take place on the morning of 9 September.

Previous support offers

121 business support from Creative United

This support is no longer available. The last opportunity to apply for this support was Round 5. We will be contacting Round 5 applicants the week beginning 7 June 2021. If you are interested in finding out more about approaches to business planning you can watch the recording of our webinar:
Business Planning in Uncertain Times: watch the video here
Or book for our upcoming webinar:
Managing Organisational Change: register to attend here

121 legal assistance 

This support is no longer available. If you have any specific legal issues you can contact the Rebuilding Heritage team at
You may also wish to consider joining the Heritage Alliance, whose members have access to free legal advice from Bates Wells. Find out more about Heritage Alliance membership here.

Inclusion in the Workplace training in groups with DCN and EMBED

This support is no longer available. If you are interested in finding out more about inclusive working practices you can watch the recordings of our webinars:
Inclusivity at Work: watch the video here
Tools for Workplace Inclusion: watch the video here
You can also find out more at

Digital Marketing for Heritage Freelancers with Media Trust

This support is no longer available.  If you are interested in finding out more about approaches to marketing and communications you can book onto:
What’s the point of you? Communicating who you are and what you do: register to attend here

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