Demystifying ‘capacity building’

Posted on August 20, 2015


Here is another session video recorded from the CIfA conference:

Organiser(s): Kenneth Aitchison, Landward research and Amanda Feather, Historic England

Heritage 2020: building capacity through collaborative working

Mike Heyworth, Director, CBA

Heritage 2020 is a new initiative in England to agree areas for collaborative working to add value to existing activity and deliver shared priorities for the historic environment. It is led by the Historic Environment Forum and follows on from the National Heritage Protection Plan, although it has a wider ambit with five themes: discovery, identification & understanding; constructive conservation & sustainable management; public engagement; capacity building, and helping things to happen. This presentation will describe the background to the new initiative and set out the initial thinking for how organisations can work together across England to build capacity.

High Speed Two: A Question of Scale

Helen J Glass, Archaeology and Heritage Manager, HS2 Ltd

Phase One of HS2 will necessitate the largest programme of archaeology and heritage works ever undertaken in the UK. It will connect London with Birmingham and the West Midlands. The route crosses multiple counties, metropolitan areas and planning authorities.

This talk will outline how HS2 Ltd as a whole is engaging with its supply chain and initiatives regarding skills and employment. It will consider some of the challenges which our discipline faces to support and deliver works on this unprecedented scale.

Building capacity – ensuring our profession has the skills it needs in the future

Kate Geary, CIfA

In the context of skills development, capacity building means developing the workforce we need now but more importantly, also understanding what skills we might need in the future and developing the training necessary to deliver them. Using examples from the work of CIfA and partners on the HLF funded Training Bursaries and Skills for the Future programmes, this paper will outline why a more strategic, sector-wide approach to training and skills development is vital if our profession is to develop and thrive in the future.

Beyond the training room: a practical guide to organisational knowledge management

Edmund Lee, Knowledge Transfer Manger, Historic England

It’s a time-honoured maxim that ‘your people are your greatest asset’. But how do you manage the knowledge and expertise of your organisation in practice? This talk will present five practical ways of achieving better knowledge management. It will draw on the experience of the Capacity Building Team at Historic England, and the theory and practice of the knowledge management sector. Beyond the traditional face-to-face training course, a wide range of techniques for knowledge auditing, knowledge retention, and knowledge exchange have developed out of disciplines as diverse as international development and open source programming, and are in regular use in industry and the public and voluntary sectors. How can your organisations, and the historic environment sector, make best use of these new ways of working?

Individual development and leadership: its contribution and feed-back into sector capacity-building

Mark Dunkley, Heritage Consortium Fellow 2014/15, Clore Leadership

The Clore Leadership Programme was established as an independent organisation in 2004 and was set up in order to help develop a generation of cultural leaders. Clore Fellowship is a programme of leadership development tailored to the individual: new-found skills are put into practice through workshops, a secondment and collaborative enquiry. The heritage consortium fellowship is supported by the Clore Leadership Programme, Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust.

One of the key aims in Historic England’s Corporate Plan 2015-2018 that will translate through the Action Plan, is the need to stimulate greater participation to improve our understanding of what heritage is at risk and why in order to champion England’s heritage.

This paper will show how personal leadership development contributes to the creation of participatory opportunities, priorities and resilience within the sector by enabling others to excel against the backdrop of the Spending Review.

Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst programme

Gemma Thorpe, Catalyst Programme Manager, Heritage Lottery Fund

This section will give an overview of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst programme, launched in 2011-2012 and sponsored jointly by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England. It will explore the broad range of activity funded through the capacity building strands, Catalyst: Small grants and Umbrellas, with examples of how different organisations have utilised the funding to increase their capacity to access private funding and improve their financial sustainability in the longer term.

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