‘Heritage and its Communities: A Match-Making Conference’ was organised at the University of Kent on 3 June 2013. Funded by Kent Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities (KIASH) and the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), it targeted local and regional academics and professionals in heritage. The aim of this event was to facilitate the formation of new research projects and teams, by matching heritage professionals with academic researchers sharing the same interests. Nineteen speakers registered and a diverse audience of academics and professionals attended the rich sessions, demonstrating the need for such an event that bridges the academic and non-academic worlds. Different activities were organised, including presentations of research needs but also details of research projects, to highlight ideas that could be followed, as well as available resources. A speed networking session was staged at lunchtime, at the same time as the presentations of the University of Kent hi-tech equipment, such as laser scanning.