Past Events

This archive page serves as a highlight reel of past programming facilitated by The Heritage Alliance, including both exclusive member gatherings and open events for participants across the heritage sector (and beyond). We hope that our back catalogue of seminars, talks, and more provides a sense of the discussions and insights that we aim to foster for the heritage sector.

Launch Events for Sector Insight Reports

Heritage, Health and WellbeingReport Launch: Heritage, Health and Wellbeing

Our report on ‘Heritage, Health and Wellbeing‘ explores the positive impact heritage can have on individual and community wellbeing. While the case for arts and culture supporting wellbeing is well developed, there is comparatively less understanding of the power of heritage to help people to “feel good”.

As COVID-19 turned traditional business models on their head, and individuals are more focused on their wellbeing than ever before, this report came at a timely moment. We suggested that by expanding their offer into supporting wellbeing, heritage organisations can weather the storm and be sustainable into the future.

At this event, we discussed the recommendations in our report, and heard from a number of speakers from across the heritage sector about their experiences in integrating wellbeing into their work.
You can watch a recording of the event here on Youtube and the slides from the event are available to view here as a PDF (29.8mb).

Webinar Series: Heritage Dialogues

Sponsored by the Oxford University Humanities Division, the ‘Heritage Dialogue’ series of webinars were held to provide a forum for debate, discussion and sharing on important issues to the sector. All events were chaired By Dr Oliver Cox, Heritage Engagement Fellow at Oxford University and Co-Lead of the Oxford University Humanities Division.


Heritage in Quarantine: The wellbeing benefits of heritage during Covid-19

This Dialogue explored how the Heritage Sector continued to support public wellbeing during Coronavirus.

Speaking at the event were Jo Sofaer, Professor at the University of Southampton, who discussed her project ‘Places of Joy’, which looks at the contribution of historic places to wellbeing during Covid-19; Katie Buckley from Waterloo Uncovered, who talked about how the charity adapted their wellbeing programme when the pandemic hit; and Claire Walker, Chief Executive at the National Churches Trust, who talked about their recent publication ‘The House of Good’, which explores the local support churches provide.