Meet the team
Annie Reilly - Manager
I am thrilled to be joining Heritage Open Days! I previously worked at Nuffield Southampton Theatres as Producer, managing a team to deliver a wide range of productions, co-productions and tours as well as programming incoming work. But, I have long been a Heritage Open Days enthusiast having first stumbled upon the Festival the day after I arrived from the USA ten years ago. I look forward to meeting you all and continuing the exciting growth of Heritage Open Days.
Sarah Holloway - Operations Officer
I’ve been working on Heritage Open Days since 2007, initially as the Registration Officer processing all the fascinating entries. Now, I’m responsible for the database, website and the day to day operations but I still do lots of processing and love the fantastic geographic overview it gives us of some quirky heritage hotspots! I’m also at the end of the phone or email for any queries, big or small, so do give me a shout if you need anything.
Andrew Henderson - Visitor Experience Officer
I am very excited to be part of Heritage Open Days! Before joining the team, I worked at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Catalhoyuk (Turkey) and Memphis (Egypt) designing both the physical and digital aspects of the visitor experience. This included everything from signage, bins and benches to social media, videos and websites. I love the diversity that Heritage Open Days offers and really look forward to working with you all to create experiences that your visitors never forget!
Annabelle Thorpe - Media Manager
I’m delighted to be back as National Media Manager after eighteen months away, publicising my first novel and writing my second. I first joined Heritage Open Days in 2012 and it’s been wonderful to watch the event develop and grow. Alongside managing the media campaign and press coverage for Heritage Open Days, I also work as a journalist, so the thousands of individual stories that make this such a unique event have a huge appeal for me.
Archie Manister-O'Neill - Admin & Media Assistant (volunteer)
I’m really excited to be joining the Heritage Open Days team ahead of the festival in September! I’ll mainly be helping out with the day to day operations, blog posts and media side of things- just helping the festival run smoothly. I can’t wait to explore the country’s wonderful heritage and find out about our unsung stories with you all.