Heritage Open Days has flourished as a unique joint-venture spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors. Partnership work is at the core of the programme's delivery.
On a national level, the National Trust co-ordinates the event, and has included it in the new 10 year strategy: see p.22-3 in Playing our Part.
'The popularity of Heritage Open Days grows and grows. It is an expression of the love we all have for our heritage and particularly the history of places local to us. The National Trust’s new strategy Playing our Part recognises this and we are very enthusiastic about the role Heritage Open Days can play in helping us deliver the strategy. For this reason we are delighted for the support from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and we are committed to supporting Heritage Open Days into the future.'
Simon Murray - Senior Director of Strategy, Curatorship & External Affairs for the National Trust
The programme receives funding from players of the People's Postcode Lottery and Historic England.
Locally, there are hundreds of organisers spearheading tens of thousands of volunteers, who make Heritage Open Days happen. And a panel of representative local organisers has long been a key feature of the governance of the programme. They help ensure that our objectives and services meet the needs of those delivering on the ground. The structure of the group is currently being reviewed, as the programme enters a new phase of management, and details of the new panel will be posted here shortly.