Heritage Compass was a vital programme that strengthened the heritage sector’s resilience by developing the capabilities, knowledge, and confidence of more than 400 organisations

Compass

Creating a Resilient Heritage Sector for England

Created by Cause4 and delivered in partnership with the Arts Marketing Association and Creative United, from 2020 to 2024, Heritage Compass supported more than 400 participating organisations through training, mentoring, peer learning, access to funding, and a wealth of resources. This dynamic business support programme was funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport.

Invisible Palace – Untold stories with History Speak and Halal Tourism

Heritage Compass Legacy

Whilst the core Heritage Compass programme has come to an end, as part of Heritage Compass Legacy, we are continuing to support the sector through a range of targeted activities.

Access to Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Training

We want to empower the fundraising efforts of the heritage sector by providing free access to our programme of virtual fundraising training.

Heritage Compass Strategy Support Programme

From May to August 2024, we are welcoming 10 organisations to join us through a series of workshops, developing their skills and supporting them to create their own Business Plan or Fundraising Strategy.

Heritage Compass Networks Funding

We are offering core financial support to Heritage groups or networks, led by participating organisations on the Heritage Compass programme.

Participating organisations

Across a four-year period, over 400 organisations joined Heritage Compass to strengthen their business resilience. Participating organisations joined from across the country, representing a vast range of sectors from community heritage to landscapes and the natural environment.

Programme activity

This innovative programme was designed to support the sector to develop essential skills in business planning, fundraising, audience development, leadership and change management, with participants benefiting from training, mentoring, peer learning, and a wealth of resources.

Explore Heritage Compass

Court Barn
Court Barn – photo by Alec Miller
Impact

Since its foundation, Heritage Compass has supported more than 400 participating organisations through training, mentoring, peer learning, access to funding, and a wealth of resources.

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Resources

Explore a range of articles and publications including the Strategies for Sustainability report series.

Cinema Nation CIC
Benchmarking

Benchmarking is a helpful tool to help improve standards, or to support decision-making.

Heugh Battery Museum
Legacy

Whilst the core Heritage Compass programme has come to an end, as part of Heritage Compass Legacy, we are continuing to support the sector through a range of targeted activities.