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National Heritage Week FAQ

This year's National Heritage Week is different, with a focus on creating heritage projects. To help you to stay up-to-date and to answer any questions you may have, we have created this ‘frequently asked questions’ blog, which we will be updating regularly.

If you have a question that isn’t included here, send it to heritageweek@heritagecouncil.ie and we will respond as soon as possible.

What is different about National Heritage Week 2020?

In light of recent public health restrictions, we are taking a new approach to National Heritage Week 2020. This year, instead of events, we’re looking for projects from individuals and groups all around the country that explore the theme of ‘Learning from our Heritage’.

You can find out more about this year’s approach and how to register as a project organiser here.

What are the key dates I need to be aware of?

Project organisers should mark these three dates in their diaries:

  • Tuesday, 16th June 2020: Heritage Week launch. You can now register as a project organiser on the National Heritage Week website, here you can submit project ideas and access useful practical resources to help you to complete your heritage project.
  • Monday 10th August 2020: Project submission deadline. This is the deadline to submit your completed heritage project via the National Heritage Week website to ensure it is listed in time for National Heritage Week. You can still submit projects after this date but they may not be available on the website in time for National Heritage Week.
  • 15th – 23rd August: National Heritage Week 2020. Check out all of the submitted heritage projects on www.heritageweek.ie. You can search submissions by location or by theme.

Is there funding available to support the development of heritage projects for National Heritage Week 2020?

As with previous National Heritage Weeks, there are no grants available to support the development of National Heritage Week activities.

I have organised National Heritage Week events in the past, can I organise an event for this year’s National Heritage Week?

This year we are asking the public to submit heritage projects to mark National Heritage Week.

As part of your heritage project, you may wish to organise a small, restricted social gathering which complies with official public health advice.

Can I submit multiple project ideas?

Yes. If you are organising more than one project, you can submit all of them via your project organiser account in the project organiser’s portal. Once you have submitted your first project idea, return to the homepage of the project organisers portal, where you will then have the option to submit additional project ideas. Submit a separate project ideas submission form for each project idea you would like to share with us.

What is #MyHeritageWeek?

We are marking the 15th year of the Heritage Council coordinating National Heritage Week. To celebrate, we are asking you to share your Heritage Week memories online using the hashtag #MyHeritageWeek. Find out more…