Since the onset of COVID-19, heritage organisations across Scotland have had to experiment with new technology and virtual ways of connecting with audiences.
We are working in partnership with the Centre for Archaeology, Technology & Cultural Heritage at the University of St Andrews to offer free workshops about how to share heritage digitally. Whether you want to create a virtual tour, video, or podcast, these 2.5-hour-long workshops will help you with the skills you need to share your buildings, landscapes, and stories. Each session will include an overview of the technology, practical guidance, tips and tricks, and where to find free software for your project.
The workshops are suitable for beginners and are open to all who work or volunteer in Scottish heritage. We also welcome anyone who is interested in using digital tools to promote and share Scotland’s histories, culture and places.
The workshops will be held over 6 weeks, with each week covering a different aspect of digital heritage. You can attend one, a few, or the whole series – simply select your date or dates by clicking the button at the top of the page.
The topics are:
- 19 May, Photography: A look at how we can work with images to capture and communicate heritage. We will focus on buildings and places. Topics include using social media to share photos and understanding copyright and intellectual property.
- 26 May, Sound recording: A friendly introduction to audio and how to use it. This includes the practicalities of doing voice recording; how to clean up and edit recordings; and how to make a podcast.
- 2 June, Video: How to create and edit video, the fundamentals of shooting video on phones and cameras, as well as how to share video on sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and Twitter.
- 9 June: **BREAK – no session this week**
- 16 June, Virtual tours: Learning how to create a tour using images; how to create and use spherical (360-degree) images; how to share tours via platforms like RoundMe; enhancing in-person visits with digital content; conducting live virtual tours; and adding interpretation and sound to a virtual tour.
- 23 June, Using maps to tell stories: Exploring how maps can communicate ideas, thoughts, feelings and experiences. We will look at sites for creating and sharing interactive maps, like Google Maps, HistoryPin and StoryMap.
- 30 June, Live broadcasting on Facebook, Zoom and YouTube: Learning how to broadcast live on Facebook, host a Zoom seminar, and how to do both at the same time using open broadcaster software; using YouTube for live events.
Header image credit: Smart History