Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference 2023

The Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference returned on the 16th March with a focus on digital technology and how it can be used to shine a light on the region’s heritage sites.  The one-day event brought together industry experts, creatives, volunteers and those who love heritage to share ideas, network and develop partnerships for the future.



Hosted at the stunning Museum of Making in Derby, on Thursday 16th March, the theme for the fourth Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference was; “Dive into Digital – hacking heritage with digital technologies’.  The aim of the day was to celebrate and showcase some exceptional creative heritage projects taking place in the region, with a line-up of inspiring speakers.



  • Josie Fraser, Head of Digital Policy at National Lottery Heritage Fund, delivered an insightful talk entitled ‘Digital for equality, diversity and inclusion.’ Her presentation can be found here: JosieFraser_Digitalforequalitydiversityandinclusion
  • After a short break, the This Girl Codes team hosted a lively discussion about the hugely successful STEAM project, facilitated by Danny Callaghan.  At the end of the talk, the team launched the This Girl Codes book; Atomic. Light. Mother. which tells the story of the last three years.



  • Stephanie Walsh, Programme Manager of Shine a Light gave an overview of the Derbyshire County Council’s partnership programme – you can read her presentation here: Shine A Light Year for Heritage Conference
  • Matt and Rob Vale from Illuminos followed Steph, giving delegates an insight into the technology and creative process behind the amazing programme.
  • Finally Eilish Clohessy-Dennis, Curator of Making at the Museum of Making, gave examples of how she used digital every day in the museum to help bring the collections to life and engage with new audiences.  Her presentation, Museum of Making: The use of digital technology in the museum can be downloaded here: The use of digital technology in the museum



Throughout the day delegates were invited to take part in a unique conference evaluation, with the help of STEM ambassador and Junction Arts Trustee, Ann Fomukong-Boden.  Guests were also tasked with creating their own origami boat and contribute to our live art installation River Irwell Flotilla.



Junction Arts would like to thank everyone who attended the event or watched online.  Also a big thank you to all the speakers and the Museum of Making in Derby.