Remote Participation Workshop

COVID 19 has seen Live streaming of events and participation in online workshops become core activities in engaging with the heritage sector and creative industries. In this workshop we welcome Dougal Perman who will lead this workshop on Remote Participation. We will look at how heritage and creatives are using media like live streaming; an overview of how to go about planning and executing live programme making including platforms; hardware and software; options for integrating live interaction (and understanding the vulnerabilities and risks); live versus scheduled pre-recorded as live; and some best practice advice, tips and tricks, dos and don'ts.

Dougal is the Managing Director of Inner Ear, the digital media production and promotion company he co-founded back in 2000. An expert in podcasting, internet radio, streamed media and social media strategies, Dougal has been an SMIA director for seven years.

The Heritage and Tourist sector as well as the Creative Industries have been greatly affected by COVID-19 and will face many challenges in the future. However, there has also been a huge creative digital response with museums and the creative sector reaching locked down audiences through virtual tours, galleries, live events and social media.

This workshop will look at the ways in which remote participation allows you to connect with your audience while staying safe.


This program of workshops is informed by DASH, the Digital Attitude and Skills for Heritage survey conducted by the Heritage Lottery Fund learned-so-far and the experience of workshops in the EU LAC museums, CINE and CUPIDO EU projects. It focusses on Communications, Creating Content and developing Community the three priorities identified in the survey.

The University of St Andrews, the CUPIDO project, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and XpoNorth organised a series of workshops aimed at helping the development of the skills needed for heritage professionals and volunteers to deliver “Heritage to the Home”. The series proved popular with hundreds participating and thousands viewing the workshops. This series of workshops aims to equip participants to be able to make use of digital technologies in the promotion and preservation of heritage. This series stands in its own right and follows on from the Heritage at Home series of workshops held online during lockdown and hosted by Expo North.

Each workshop will explore a particular area of digital heritage. We will look at the technical background, how the technology has been used. Each will address the three Cs of creation, communication and community. There will be a show and tell, guide to developing digital content, together with guides for communicating and connecting with community. The workshops will also be a sharing experience drawing on the skills and knowledge of participants.

The Heritage Studio Facebook group will be a forum for questions and discussions between sessions and act as a repository of resources.

*This series of workshops are supported through the CUPIDO (Culture power: to inspire development in rural areas) North Sea Region Interreg cultural heritage project, designed to develop new business opportunities in the culture and heritage sector. This is to reinforce the economic position, competitiveness and social inclusion of local rural communities. The project has 16 partners from 7 North Sea Region countries and runs from 2019 to 2022. 

CUPIDO has enabled Highlands and Islands Enterprise to partner with University of St Andrews to work with communities and social enterprises across the Highlands and Islands region on a programme of transnational digital heritage activities designed to help commercialise the culture sector.

More information about the CUPIDO project can be found here and

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