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Press Release for Immediate Release – 3rd July

National Heritage Week 2020 is happening – and it’s a Heritage Week with a difference

Heritage Week takes place 15th to 23rd August 2020.Last year more than 2,000 events took place across Ireland during the third week of August.
Due to COVID-19-related restrictions on social gatherings, this year, rather than inviting communities to host Heritage Week events, the Heritage Council is inviting communities around the country to undertake projects that explore a topic associated with this year’s theme – ‘Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’.

The new approach is designed to promote the sharing of experience and knowledge. Projects can comprise researching an aspect of heritage on your doorstep, sharing or re-learning a heritage skill, or exploring an aspect of Ireland’s educational heritage. Project registration is now open.

Depending on public health advice, project organisers may select to organise a small event in their community to showcase their project (e.g. an exhibition of photographs or material). However, each project should be able to stand alone without an event, given the risks associated with gatherings and COVID-19.
In addition to developing new research, projects could also revisit or build on a heritage project which may already have been started at an individual, family or community level. This could include showcasing research already done on a monument, a waterway, or a skill or tradition in the community, and finding new ways to grow awareness of it.
Project submissions will open in early July and will close at 12 noon on 4th August. The most engaging projects will be featured on the Heritage Week website during Heritage Week 2020, and will be considered for a Heritage Week 2020 Award!

To Conclude:
• Groups can register their project online (Registration open from 16th June)
• Run them in June/July and submit to The Heritage Council by 4th August
• Prize-winners will be selected and featured on their website.

For Full Details on all aspects of Heritage Week 2020 visit www.HeritageWeek.ie