01 September 2012
“It seems hard to believe that this is the last month of our Discovering Places blog and also my final post. I hope you have enjoyed reading about our activities and have taken advantage of some of the opportunities to discover your local built, natural and historic environment. Of course, the end of the Paralympics and the Cultural Olympiad does not mean that these activities will stop, and indeed one of the main reasons we started Discovering Places was to inspire people to get involved with their local area and to continue that involvement long after the Olympics and Paralympics have finished. We have plans to continue several parts of Discovering Places after the end of the Cultural Olympiad – the Walk the World walks and information will be on the Royal Geographical Society’s website, Meet the Species will be hosted by the Bristol Natural History Consortium and we are also hoping to continue and expand Discover Explore – watch this space!
I am glad to say that there is still a really exciting event to look forward to as Discovering Places draws to a close. Over the weekend of 6 – 9 September the annual Heritage Open Days takes place in England, with similar activity that weekend and at other times in September in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as the Jewish Culture and Heritage events around the country from 2 – 9 September. These all provide great opportunities to see places and spaces which are closed to the public and to explore our hidden heritage, often with expert guides to show you around. 9 September is also of course the final day of the Paralympics and of the London 2012 Festival, and Heritage Open Days will be playing its part in the celebrations.
We are also taking the opportunity of this final month of our project to look back at some of its key moments and discoveries, featuring some of the highlights from our blog posts. If there is something you would like to see again or you would like to tell us about your latest find please do get in touch, and watch out too for the climax of Meet the Species as we attempt to find the last few mini-beasts and plants in our survey.
Thank you for your support of Discovering Places and the Cultural Olympiad, it has been a remarkable experience to be involved in this for us all and we hope that we have inspired you to continue your discoveries in the wonderful environment we share.”
Post by Loyd Grossman, Chairman of The Heritage Alliance
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