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LHBT – HOW TO: Manage a heritage project

14 December 2023 - 13:15 - 14:00


This 45-minute session (inc. 15-minutes for Q&A) is led by Hannah Southgate from London Historic Buildings Trust.

Managing a heritage project, no matter the size, is a discipline in itself. There are particular sensitivities, complexities and actions that only come with a project involving heritage, especially if you are looking to be funded by organisations such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund who pay close attention to the way a project is to be run.

In this session we will explore some of the crucial elements of good heritage project management, including the processes to follow, documents and protocols to establish, and the qualities and competencies required of those managing a heritage project. You may decide to mange a project yourself, or appoint a Project Manager or Project Coordinator to do this on your behalf, either way its important to be aware of the following.

Hannah will introduce:

  • Typical Project Structure inc. the role of a Project Board and Steering Group
  • Function of a Project Manager or Coordinator
  • Example brief for a Project Manager/Coordinator and recommended person specification
  • Establishing a Project Execution Plan and Communications Plan
  • Programme and Budget Management
  • Funder liason
  • Top Tips: Managing a Heritage Project
  • Further Reading, Links and Resources
Speaker: Hannah Southgate

For the past nine years, Hannah has been working in the heritage sector, focusing on saving at-risk historic buildings for the benefit of local communities. She first worked for The Prince’s Regeneration Trust before becoming a freelance heritage consultant and project manager in 2018, with a particular specialism in developing, fundraising for, and managing heritage projects for historic places of worship.

Hannah joined the Trust in 2021 and works across multiple capital projects, including South Ealing Cemetery Chapels and the Tin Tabernacle in Brent. She also leads on managing our High Street Heritage Action Zone activity and community training programmes. Hannah has a strong track record in securing funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and numerous trusts and foundations for our work.

Hannah holds an MSc in Historic Environment Conservation, an MA in Medieval History and is PRINCE II Foundation qualified.

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