How the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the heritage sector – HLF

Our Head of Research, Data & Insight on the surveys that helped us guide our response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has already had a seismic impact on all elements of our lives.

First of all on the people whose health – and that of their families, friends and colleagues – has been affected. And to anyone who has felt anxiety or fear or general discomfort at our worlds closing in due to the government’s advice to stay at home.

“How can we survive this crisis, and indeed possibly thrive in the future?”

The secondary impact is on our sector, as part of the wider economy – in short, how can we survive this crisis, and ensure that our heritage assets and organisations are able to thrive in the future?

Tomorrow (Wednesday 1 April) we will be releasing the details of our Heritage Emergency Fund. It was the result of swift work behind the scenes – and two surveys which have helped us find out more about how applicants, grantees and people across the sector are feeling.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who responded to the surveys and took time to tell us about the impact on your organisation. We received an overwhelming response and your feedback has played a really important role in the design of the Heritage Emergency Fund.

To see the full results use this web link –