Digital Guidance

Interested in taking your Doors Open Days event digital this September? We've compiled a host of ideas, tutorials and workshops to help you make virtual tours, webinars and more.

If you're interested in contributing digital content for the next festival, check out the list of regional coordinators and contact the relevant one for you, or email us at


There are lots of ways to participate in Digital Doors Open Days. For this year’s festival, we’re supporting venues and groups to create virtual tours and online lectures. We’ve created and sourced some simple tutorials on how to host online tours and talks in this short document. As you’ll see, getting involved can be as simple as a few clicks!

(2) MATTERPORT: Easy-to-use app to make virtual tours.

It's as easy as taking a few pictures of your building on an iPhone! The Matterport for iPhone app guides you through taking photos of your space, which the app will stitch together into a 360-degree virtual tour. You can use Matterport for free if you are only scanning one building! For some extra help, be sure to check out Matterport's support page, which has some helpful videos of how to use the app.


This short guide, created by our web developers at I-Finity associates, shows you how to make images and videos of Powerpoint presentations, which can be uploaded as your digital Doors Open Days offering. The guide then takes you through how to upload this content - either on LinkedIn, YouTube or Vimeo.


This document takes you through ideas for creating digital content for a DOD2020 venues, The Forties House.  The ideas and resources shared in this document could be applied to any venue, and this useful report is a helpful source of info for any venue thinking about how best to compile and deliver a digital resource.


In response to the impact of Covid-19, CUPIDO European Interreg cultural heritage project collaborated with XpoNorth Heritage to hold a programme of eight online digital skills workshops aimed at the Heritage sector and facilitated by Dr Alan Miller and Catherine Anne Cassidy, from the Open Virtual Worlds Group at the University of St Andrews.

The workshops were designed to help heritage organisations develop the skills to connect with existing and potential new audiences through digital media, covering topics such as digitising collections, photogrammetry, working with phones and commodity cameras to create 360 degree images and videos.

All of the workshops were recorded and uploaded onto a Facebook Group called "Heritage Studio". Join the group here: 


Digital Heritage Lab is a free National Lottery Heritage Fund supported programme that offers free digital support to small - medium heritage organisations. You can register to be part of 1-to-1 digital support, a longer 9 month course on online digital skills, shorter workshops on specific digital skills, half and full-day training events and digital bootcamps. But be sure to apply soon, the Digital Heritage Lab is due to launch in June 2020! Helpful resources will also be made available through the associated CultureHive website, and there are 4 webinar recordings on eCommerce; digital audience engagement; digital access and inclusion; and broadening your online engagement to get you started for now!


We've compiled tutorials for popular social media platforms and creative trends and ideas for what to post on your social media channel. Social media is another great way to increase your digital engagement with audiences, both during Doors Open Days and beyond! This is a live document, and we'll update it as we find more resources and inspiration. Please drop us an email at if you have suggestions of helpful resources and examples to add!