Take 5 with the Team
Best laid plans… are constantly updated, and that’s never been more true than right now. Along with many others we have cancelled all our carefully planned travels and meetings and the team is now working from home. Whilst organising a heritage festival doesn’t seem particularly pressing news right now, staying connected in these strange times definitely is. So please go grab a calming cuppa and join me in taking 5 for a catch up chat.
The first thing to stress is that we are absolutely determined that HODs will happen in September. Everyone’s health and wellbeing is the top priority though so we’re aware its form may need to change especially as the local planning for it is being significantly affected. So we’re keeping on our toes, watching government advice, listening to our organisers and adapting plans as we go - starting with finding new ways to connect our amazing community…
Connecting the community
We met up with organisers in Leeds, Reading and Winchester and ran 2 really successful HODx days in London and Norwich before the travel ban. A huge thanks to all who were able to come, I have never known such a buzz of conversation and follow up. Seeing just how valuable it was to have everyone in a room sharing stories and swapping contacts has made it even sadder for us to cancel the rest of our travels BUT we are busy planning some online meeting alternatives to tide us through these strange, but vitally important days of social distancing. Watch this space for news on how to connect!
What else has been happening?
The Heritage Alliance ran a hugely successful day for the sector at the stunning Tower of London in February. We had a stall and met some fab folk including the archaeologists working on rescuing the wreck of The London.
Our lovely colleagues in the National Trust who share our tea point (best place to network!) launched their brilliant new book National Trust on Screen - packed with behind the scenes stories and picures of some of the incredible array of filming that happens at Trust sites. They're great storytellers and it's a brilliant subject, so one to recommend!
The Electrifying Women project, which organised some fantastic events for last year's HODs, has now published some of the responses to their creative writing workshops. Encouraging people to give voice to the lost and overlooked women who helped make engineering history - From fact to fantasy.
What happens now?
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