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National Heritage Week FAQs

National Heritage Week is a nine-day celebration of Ireland’s natural, built and cultural heritage. The main aim of the week is to promote awareness of our heritage, thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. It is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union.

Who organises National Heritage Week?
The Heritage Council coordinates and promotes National Heritage Week nationally and many organisations and individuals take part in National Heritage Week by organising projects and events around the country. The Heritage Council first began coordinating the week in 2005 and since then it has gone from strength to strength with over 800 projects organised and shared on the National Heritage Week website last year.

Can anyone organise a project for National Heritage Week?

Yes, any organisation, individual, business or community group can organise a project for National Heritage Week. To participate, organisers must upload their project to the National Heritage Week website.

How can I register a project?

You can now register as a project organiser on the organise a project page on the National Heritage Week website. By doing this, you will gain access to the project organisers portal where you will find resources to help you create and share your project. You can upload your completed project via the project organisers portal from Wednesday, 16th June 2021.

What is the deadline for uploading a project for National Heritage Week?

The deadline for uploading projects to www.heritageweek.ie is Monday, 30th August. All projects uploaded by this date that meet the objectives of National Heritage Week will be considered for the National Heritage Week Awards.

What kind of projects are suitable to organise?

All sorts of projects can be organised. Projects can cover all areas of heritage including forests and woodlands, wildlife, geology, coastal and marine, lakes & wetlands, rivers, landscapes, gardens & parks, folklore, genealogy, historic buildings, archives, industrial heritage, inland waterways, archaeology, local history, military, historic collections, sport, traditional skills, transport and walled towns.

In addition to developing new research, projects could also revisit or build on a heritage project which may already have been started at an individual, family or community level. This could include showcasing research already done on a monument, a waterway, or a skill or tradition in the community, and finding new ways to grow awareness of it or including groups or individuals in your community who may not feel included in local heritage.

The results of projects should be presented in a format that can be shared widely, for example an online talk or exhibition; a video; podcast or oral history recordings; a PowerPoint presentation, newsletter, dedicated website or blog; or via an interview with a local radio station or newspaper. A dedicated, moderated social media account could also be included as part of project outputs.

Can I organise an in-person event?

Depending on public health advice, project organisers may select to organise a small event in their community to showcase their project (e.g. an exhibition of photographs or material). However, each project should be able to stand alone without an event, given that public health restrictions during National Heritage Week 2021 may not allow for in-person gatherings.

What is the National Heritage Week 2021 theme?

This year, we are looking for projects that focus on getting as many people to enjoy heritage as possible. To help you think about what aspect of heritage you might want to explore, we have developed three broad approaches which can be considered for projects: heritage newcomers; heritage sharing; and heritage for all ages. For more information on these approaches, visit the Organise a Project page.

How can my community benefit from organising a project during National Heritage Week?

National Heritage Week provides the opportunity to bring your community together (including virtually) to learn new skills, make new connections and engage with your local heritage. The week provides a fantastic opportunity for communities to showcase the natural and cultural heritage in their area, engage audiences new to heritage and attract visitors and raise the profile of your town or village.

How can I promote my heritage project within my community?

There are many ways you can promote your heritage project within your community. These include posters, local radio, local press, social media and word of mouth. The Heritage Council will be providing support to project organisers in the lead up to National Heritage Week to help you consider how best to promote your project. To get updates on these supports, sign up to the National Heritage Week newsletter.

Is National Heritage Week promoted nationally?

Yes, The Heritage Council promotes National Heritage Week with a national advertising, marketing and PR campaign.

What are the 2021 Heritage Award categories?

All projects uploaded by Monday, 30th August will be considered for a Heritage Award. This year, the Awards categories are: National Heritage Hero; Heritage Newcomers; Heritage Sharing; Heritage for All Ages; Water Heritage; and Wild Child. Additionally, one project in each county will receive a County Award. Full details about the Heritage Awards will be announced shortly.

I own a heritage property that qualifies for Revenue credit under Section 482. Do I have to open the property to the public during National Heritage Week 2021?
In line with Revenue guidance, as part of the 40-day opening requirement for heritage properties, access must be available during all of National Heritage Week (to the extent that it falls within the period 1 May - 30 September) where qualifying expenditure is incurred in a particular chargeable period. However, all properties must note public health guidance at the time of Heritage Week and ensure that any activity is in line with this guidance.

How do I organise insurance for an event?
Each individual organiser is responsible for ensuring that the appropriate level of insurance is in place for their event. Contact your insurer to find out what level of insurance you need.

What should I do if the in-person event I organise has to be cancelled?

If an in-person event is an output of your heritage project and for any reason you have no option but to cancel your event, please ensure you make every effort to notify your potential audience through as many means possible. In the event of an event being cancelled, event organisers must make every effort to communicate this locally and place notification with apologies at the designated meeting place to ensure that anyone who turns up is not needlessly waiting.

Also please inform us at heritageweek@heritagecouncil.ie so we can update the website listings and communicate the cancellation nationally if necessary.

Who should I contact if I require further information about National Heritage Week?

Should you require further information, please contact the Heritage Council at 087-3683515 or heritageweek@heritagecouncil.ie.