We were delighted to work with Cornwall Museums Partnership to deliver a Digital Leadership Programme for cultural charities.

Our programme - including a Retreat for cultural leaders and trustees, and Seminars for cultural organisations - was one of only 13 projects being supported by the DCMS Digital Leadership Fund.

Deep-Dive Digital Leadership Retreat

March 2019 at Bedruthan Steps Hotel & Spa, Cornwall

The retreat was designed for;

  • Cultural and heritage charities in England

  • Teams including one board member and one member of the organisation’s leadership team

The Digital Leadership Retreat was designed to build the digital leadership of cultural charities in England.

Who was it for?

Pairs of leaders from cultural charities, representing both the board (either as chair or trustee) and the management team (either as CEO or senior leader).

What was on offer?

A 2-day deep dive into what digital leadership could mean for your charity, featuring inspiring expert speakers in digital transformation and user-centred design, as well as practical tools to help you build the digital capacity, confidence and connections of your organisation.

The retreat provided cultural leaders with;

  • Time: To think strategically about your leadership and the priorities for digital in your organisation, so you can start turning ‘digital strategy’ into action.

  • Networks: Across the cultural sector in England, with digital experts, and with other organisations tackling similar challenges in different ways

  • Knowledge: Understand the Charity Digital Code and how you can use it to shape practical, relevant, rigorous plans and ways of working in your charity

  • Ideas: From inspiring speakers and case studies to inform your approach to developing digital leadership and the benefits this could offer your organisation and its users

  • Tools: Practical approaches to get started in leading your organisation to make better use of digital

How did we select participants?

We looked for pairs who…

  • Were curious about how digital and digital leadership could help their charity achieve its mission and increase the benefits it provides to the people it serves

  • Were collaborative and want to share what they know

  • Were willing to prioritise this learning and turn on their Out of Office for 2 days

  • Represented as diverse a range of cultural charities in England as possible, e.g. different scales, artform/cultural specialisms, locations, user types.


Digital Leadership Seminars

We encouraged more than one person to attend from each organisation. Travel bursaries were available.

15 March 2019 & 16 March 2019 at Sandy Park, Exeter

25 March 2019 & 26 March 2019 at Bedruthan Steps Hotel & Spa, Cornwall

Seminars for arts and heritage leaders who are curious about digital leadership and how making better use of digital to benefit their cultural organisations and the people they serve.

By the end of these seminars, participants had;

  • A better understanding of what Digital Leadership is and how it applies to your charity’s context

  • Gained insights from expert speakers on how you and your teams might overcome digital challenges

  • A bank of examples of excellent digital leadership in practice

  • Undertaken a digital audit to explore where they are now as an charity and identified priorities for action

  • Shared resources to support their next steps in building their digital leadership

  • Started to develop their networks for sharing digital knowledge, skills, and opportunities