04 September 2012
Since 1994, the Brighton & Hove Heritage Open Days programme has been co-ordinated by The Regency Town House Heritage Centre, which promotes HODs under the title ‘Brighton & Hove Open Door’. The city’s HODs offer (or perhaps that should be BHOD offer) has grown considerably over the last 18 years, in recent times providing between 100 and 200 events annually.
This year programme contains the usual diverse range of events, some requiring pre-booking. The schedule for BHOD 2012 is available via the Town House website, which allows users to make online reservations when required, see http://www.rth.org.uk/whats-on/opendoor2012
BHOD is always themed, among this years twelve categories are: Black History, Fashionable Houses, Industrial & Craft Heritage, Religious Spaces, and Trails/Walks.
Its always difficult choosing highlights, says Nick Tyson, Curator at The Regency Town House, but, amongst my personal favourites are:
– England’s Ornamental Plastering, which offers visitors the chance to actually try making ornamental plaster objects.
– The Undercliff Event, which looks at the history of the Citys majestic Undercliff walk and culminates with an audiovisual film projected onto the cliff.
– Brighton & Hove Black History Walk, which explores various aspects of local Black History.
This year the BHOD team are also really excited about their new Swimming and Sea Heritage events and about their flagship MyHouseMyStreet presentations, which look at the history of local back streets and the individual houses within them, detailing all past residents, the jobs they did, etc. This year a series of MHMS guided walks is also provided. Further details of MHMS via www.mhms.org.uk
Written by our lovely guest blogger Nick, Curator at The Regency Town House
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