Junction Arts’ fourth Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference is taking place in Derby next month, a biennial event that celebrates the heritage work being delivered in the region as well as inspiring the projects and partnerships of the future.


This year’s event will take place on Thursday 16th March and is entitled “Dive into Digital – hacking heritage with digital technologies’’. It will feature a number of inspiring speakers including Josie Fraser – Head of Digital Policy at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Stephanie Walsh – Lead Coordinator for the spectacular Derbyshire-focused Shine a Light project and Eilish Clohessy-Dennis, Curator of Making at the Museum of Making. We will also welcome Danny Callaghan – Artist and Co-Director of  Ceramic City Stories who will lead a conversation about our This Girl Codes programme.

Part of the day will be dedicated to showcasing Junction Arts’ hugely successful STEAM project, This Girl Codes, which was supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and made possible thanks to National Lottery players.  Over the last three years the programme has delivered a wide range of workshops (in person & online), pop up labs & heritage hack days as well as research visits further afield. It was successful in engaging and empowering girls and women of all ages in Bolsover and North East Derbyshire, working closely with three key heritage partners; Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall, and Creswell Crags.


Jane Wells, Project Coordinator at Junction Arts Said: “There’s some amazing creative heritage work happening in Derbyshire, we want to share the success stories, ideas and opportunities for the future with creative professionals, volunteers, and anyone who has a passion for art and heritage.  At junction arts we have been using the arts to engage people with heritage for decades, the conference allows us to pass on this knowledge, advice, and ideas.”



The Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference began in 2017, and takes place every two years and is supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund. This year’s event is being hosted by the Museum of Making in Derby.  Delegates will be provided with lunch and unlimited teas and coffee throughout the day, they’ll also have time to experience the museum and explore its fascinating heritage stories and artifacts.


The programme will take place between 10am – 4pm and is free to attend.  However, a donation of £10 is recommended.  For further information and to register click here.