Arts & Heritage Education

Sharing the past, developing skills for the future

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What we do

Sharing the past to create a better future

Illuminate UK are an experienced team of arts and heritage education professionals whose aim is to ensure participants learn about the past while developing skills for the future.

Working in museum and heritage learning with community groups, schools, training providers and education.

Tools and methods

  • Junior Tour Guide programmes
  • storytelling and writing
  • visual arts
  • object handling
  • drama
  • interactive walking tours
  • film

Our mission

  • develop our learner’s confidence
  • nurture wellbeing
  • support mental health and Social Prescribing
  • build communication skills
  • develop the young workforce
  • inspire a love of heritage and the arts.


From small community groups to national oganisations, we work with everyone

We know it’s not always possible to have the in house expertise and time to run the projects you want.  Tell us what learning outcomes you want to achieve and we will deliver it for you – with our trade mark flexible, friendly approach – and drawing on our talents in drama, visual art, tour guiding, object handling and heritage activity development both live and online.

  • Short on budget and time? Talk to us. We can adapt to suit time frames and budgets
  • Concerned about inclusion and accessibility? We are passionate about inclusion and experienced in adapting workshops and roles so that everyone working with us, regardless of their barriers, can participate, feel safe and can make a valuable contribution

This approach has been valued by our diverse range of clients including Historic Environment Scotland, National Library of Scotland, National Trust for Scotland and the Royal Collection Trust at the Queen’s Gallery.

Our work

How we can help you & your participants

Junior Tour Guides

Award winning

Children and young people learn presentation and tour guide skills. They present their local place of interest to other learners live, online and on film

Employability & Training

Unlocking and nurturing potential

Supporting training providers, our workshops develop employability skills, build confidence and teach tourism and heritage career skills.

Heritage Learning & Outreach

Tailor made projects, events & workshops

Bringing communities, families and schools into your site, live or virtually, for fun and inclusive learning experiences.

Mental Health Support

Supporters of Social Prescribing

Providing mindful activities to arts, education and heritage bodies to support good mental health.

The Illuminate Team

We have over 20 years experience

In fact, if you combine all of us together then we have over 50 years working in the art and heritage industries.

Meet the team →