These are the authors of the Heritage Open Days Blog.
Occupation: Media Manager for Heritage Open Days & Freelance Travel Writer
Heritage Open Days profile: I make sure the media knows all about our fantastic Heritage Open Days events
Interests: The way history is everywhere, right under our noses and we don’t pay it enough attention. Addicted to travelling. And crisps
Occupation: Digital Marketing and Communications Officer, University of Birmingham
Heritage Open Days profile: Involved in various Heritage Open Days events across the West Midlands
Interests: Works in higher education, but has a passion for railway history. Loves unearthing places to visit that are undiscovered, forgotten or quirky
Location: Tunbridge Wells
Occupation: Editor with one of the “Big Four” professional services organisations
Heritage Open Days profile: Volunteer guide at a local property since 2006
Interests: History and heritage, music and radio, writing and editing, his family and walking their golden retriever – ideally, all at the same time!
Occupation: Archaeology lifelong learning tutor and research student
Interests: Passionate about archaeology and heritage, and loves taking her two little boys along to explore sites and museums. Also loves crafts, yoga and travelling, and dreams of writing a novel
Occupation: Heritage Interpreter; Community Development Worker; Deputy Director of the Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey
Heritage Open Days profile: For the past two years led walks on Mousehold Heath in Norwich as part of the Heritage Open Day events
Interests: Loves using and enabling access to heritage as a resource for community wellbeing. Put him in an old place and his imagination roams, explores and, occasionally, soars
Location: Saddleworth, Greater Manchester
Occupation: Education Officer at Victoria Baths, Manchester now freelance artist, writer and lecturer
Heritage Open Days profile: Heritage Open Days Advisory Group member
Interests: Mills, public baths, industrial sites and submerged seasides. Obsessive collector of the material world, stone, wood, metals and above all glass especially of the Edwardian era
Location: Sevington, Wiltshire
Occupation: Freelance writer and lecturer
Heritage Open Days profile: One of the army of volunteers baking cakes, sweeping up bats' droppings and manning the barricades.
Interests: Baking cakes - luckily. Also exploring local history, singing and arguing
Location: Sevington, Wiltshire
Occupation: Village school mistress
Heritage Open Days profile: My sister Hannah and I will be 'at home' to welcome visitors during the Heritage Open Days.
Interests: Needlework, brewing and good works
Occupation: Head of Landscape & Gardens at Compton Verney
Interests: Writes, photographs, eats, sleeps and breathes heritage gardens, plants and the natural environment. Favours wildflower planting and prefers green gardening methods
Occupation: Researcher, writer, curator, tour-guide. Creator of Skyliner
Interests: Hidden histories, unusual architectural features, post-war sculptures, microfilm machines, drums, American indie bands from the 90s
Interests: Specialises in writer's houses. Loves getting out into the countryside, enjoying good food and good company!
Occupation: Heritage Open Days Manager
Heritage Open Days profile: At the helm of the national event since 2003 without ever getting bored of it
Interests: Fascinated with how history shapes our collective memory. Archers addict until Nigel's death. Loves baking and being creative. Would love Britain to be a bike-friendly place
Location: Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire
Occupation: Freelance consultant to the public and voluntary sector
Heritage Open Days profile: Opening local Unitarian Meeting House. Linked with other Unitarians across the UK and with Newcastle-under-Lyme HOD’s network
Interests: People, and how they impact on the built environment and vice versa. Understanding local history in the context of national and world history
Heritage Open Days profile: First involved in 2010 as an event steward then as Heritage Open Days Assistant at Norwich HEART in 2012
Interests: Art & design, photography, reading, writing, gardens and travelling. Loves exploring the old and the new and getting people involved with heritage
Occupation: Heritage Open Days Administrator
Heritage Open Days profile: Latest addition to the Heritage Open Days team, during the summer months knuckling down to process thousands of entries
Interests: Our natural and built environment; heritage, its ability to strengthen identity and bind communities. Loves camping, stories, creative projects, and outdoor adventures
Occupation: Heritage Open Days Coordinator
Heritage Open Days profile: The voice at the end of the phone for Heritage Open Days queries - love to help where I can
Interests: Tea, stories, cake, encouraging people to see heritage as an integral (and fun) part of everyday life, baking, walking... did I mention tea and cake?!
Occupation: Administrator with National Trust at Charlecote Park
Interests: A long interest in heritage and archaeology. Loves social media, cupcake baking and visiting tea rooms!
Location: West Sussex
Occupation: Media and Marketing Coordinator, Petworth House (National Trust)
Heritage Open Days profile: Involved in all areas of our Heritage Open Days event as well as media, marketing and visitor experience
Interests: Loves exploring historical houses and discovering their stories, walks in the countryside, photography, baking and crafts