The third Heritage Network event was held online on Saturday 21st November 2020 and, building on the success of the earlier events, there were 23 people participating from 15 different organisations.
I think we have all been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic and by the latest national lockdown that has meant that museums have been closed and meetings and events have all had to be cancelled. The response has been to increasingly move activities online by developing website access and holding remote talks and lectures that have attracted large audiences. The focus of this Heritage Network Event was to share experiences and ideas on how to manage during the pandemic as well as how we as a group can work together in the future.
Some of the possible ideas discussed at the meeting are shown below.
|Fen and Wold Heritage Network:
To build a network of mutually supporting organisations as a ‘centre for fenland studies’ to share information and knowledge as well as promote the the heritage and attractions of the region.
|Fen and Wold Heritage Website:
To develop a shared website with access to all participating organisations enabling them to link and promote their activities and projects.
To put in place a programme of training initially focussing on the development of IT skills including website development and management and the use of social media to raise the profile of organisations.
To investigate the possibilty of joint projects including training, education and engagement, e.g. joint exhibitions, publications and conferences.
To seek funding opportunities to help develop and support the heritage network.
The date for the next online networking event is Saturday 20th February 2021, details to follow. If you know of other groups or individuals to include in the network please let me have their contact details and I will send them an invitation. The aim of the next session will be to build on the ideas from this meeting and hopefully to discuss launching the programme of training. If there any other topics you would like to talk about at the next session let me know and I will include them on the programme.
FEN and WOLD HERITAGE NETWORK
The table below shows the contact information for the organisations involved in the Local History Network sponsored by Spalding Gentlemen’s Society. If any of the details are incorrect or you would like to provide more information then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If there are any other group who would like to be added to the list then please get in touch.
|Medieval merchant’s house and local history museum.
|Boston Hanse Group
|History of the Hanseatic League in Boston
|Chain Bridge Forge Museum
|Blacksmith’s museum and local history archive.
|Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum
|Aviation and local history.
|Local history of the Deepings.
|Fane Road Archaeology Group (FRAG)
|Archaeology of Peterborough.
|Archaeology of the Fenlands.
|Local history of Fleet and surrounding area.
|Gosberton Local History Group
|History of Gosberton and South Holland.
|History and heritage of Lincolnshire.
|Holbeach Cemetery Chapels
|History of Louth and surrounding area.
|Oxford Archaeology East
|Peakirk Archaeological Survey Team (PAST)
|Local history and archaeology of Peakirk.
|Peterborough Archive Services
|Archive of Peterborough records.
|Pinchbeck Engine Museum
|Red Barn Creative
|Heritage, creativity, craft and digital skills.
|Sleaford Civic Trust
|Heritage and history of Sleaford.
|Spalding Gentlemen’s Society
|Museum, archive and research hub for general and local history
|Spalding U3A History Group
|General and local history.
|Stained glass crafts.
|Sixteenth century library.
|West Deepings Heritage Group
|Local history and heritage.
|Wisbech and Fenland Museum
|Local history of Wisbech and the Fenland