Get Involved: Heritage Open Days – what will you discover?

09 September 2011

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Stuck for something to do this weekend or throughout September? Look no further, the whole of the UK is offering you the change to discover places and buildings of historic and architectural interest as part of Heritage Open Days.

In England, over 4,000 properties open their doors to welcome you in.  From a photographic exhibition illustrating the centuries-old story of net fishing for the world famous Tweed salmon in Norham Village Hall, Berwick upon Tweed to the stunning stained glass windows, memorials and relics of St Mary’s Church in Wombwell, South Yorkshire, there’s something for everyone, even a rare chance of visiting the collection of aero engines displayed by the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust in Patchway, and  not forgetting our very own Box Hill Flickers project which is taking place in the beautiful Surrey Hills.

Revealing hundreds of hidden secrets, The Civic Trust in Scotland have organised Doors Open Days which is taking place every weekend in September.  Everything from an archaeological training dig on the Dark Age Hillfort at Abbey Craig in Stirling to a tour around the 14th century Corehouse Estate in South Lanakshire.

Wales too reveals its hidden glories, thanks to the Civic Trust who run their Open Days.  500 properties share their secrets.  You could take a guided tour around The Shire Hall in Monmouth or browse around the Washington Gallery Penarth Buildings exhibition in the Vale of Glamorgan.

A quick hop across the pond takes you to Ireland’s European Heritage Open Days where host of events are happening from walking tours & exhibitions to open days and archaeological digs all celebrating the best of Ireland’s heritage, culture and architecture.


Posted by Anna Godsiff, DP Project Assistant


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