Door Open Days 2020 Report

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Dear Friends, Supporters and Colleagues,

As we welcome 2021 here at the Scottish Civic Trust, we’re reflecting back on the successes of taking Doors Open Days and our annual conference digital in 2020 and eagerly planning for our annual My Place Awards and My Place Photography Competition. 

In 2020, venues across Scotland rose to the occasion to put on a Doors Open Days unlike ever before. Despite a national lockdown that threatened to cancel the festival and isolate us from each other, venues courageously went digital and created virtual tours, short films, podcasts and more. In total, they made a staggering 404 new digital resources, which remain accessible year-round on the Doors Open Days website. I won’t spoil the rest of the juicy details, so be sure to read our newly released Doors Open Days 2020 report to learn more about our first ever virtual festival.

In addition to taking Doors Open Days digital, in December we hosted our first virtual conference. Attracting over 100 attendees and receiving raving reviews from audience members, the conference was a critical opportunity for the sector to come together and discuss how to create a more inclusive and anti-racist Scottish heritage.  If you weren’t able to join us at the conference, I’m delighted to share that you can now watch the recordings of the speakers

While we’ve been piloting new digital formats, I’m pleased to confirm that we are continuing with some old favourites: the My Place Awards and My Place Photography competition. The My Place Awards celebrate community-led built environment projects, and the My Place Photography Competition is a Scotland-wide built environment photography competition for young people 4-18. The deadline for entries has been extended until 29th August, but there’s no need to wait! Visit our My Place website to learn everything you need to know to get involved with the Awards or Photography Competition.

We also continue to support the Make Your Mark campaign, which will help to rejuvenate Scotland’s heritage sector and communities by opening up heritage volunteering to all. As a leader of inclusive heritage practice, the Scottish Civic Trust is well-placed to contribute to Make Your Mark. Should you be interested in learning more about inclusive heritage best practices, I recently gave a talk about our experience with engaging non-traditional audiences. We’re always keen to hear from other heritage organisations that are making waves in diversifying their audiences, so don’t be shy to drop us a line with your tips and success stories.

I hope you are keeping safe and well and on behalf of the Chair, Trustees and staff, we wish you all the best for the new year.

Susan O’Connor
Director
Scottish Civic Trust
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