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

The Heritage Alliance is delighted to announce the next ‘Heritage Dialogue’, sponsored by Oxford University Humanities Division. This Dialogue reflects on how heritage organisations have effectively delivered wellbeing benefits in the midst of tight Coronavirus restrictions.

The Alliance recently published a report on the connection between Heritage, Health and Wellbeing, highlighting the capacity of the sector to deliver wellbeing benefits. The difficulties brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, however, have meant that, while many felt that their wellbeing has declined, the restrictions imposed made it more difficult for us to reach out and support one another.

The Dialogue, which aims to showcase good practice as well as provide a forum for debate, will feature heritage professionals talking about their own projects and discussing questions such as ‘Has Covid-19 changed the relationship between heritage and wellbeing?’. There will also be opportunity for audience participation, through polls and a Q&A.

Speaking at the event will be:

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

Register here.