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.  

Harriet Roberts - Northern Media Manager

I first discovered Heritage Open Days as a weekend producer in BBC local radio and was amazed by the number of events and available content for programmes. In 2012 as an organiser myself, I grew the number of events in my area from just the one to over a hundred, creating the Blackburn Heritage Festival. I enjoyed working with the national team in 2017 and am delighted to have been invited back to manage media publicity in the North, where I'm based.

Amanda Roberts - Creative Producer

I am acting as Creative Producer on an exciting strand of this year's Heritage Open Days events, working with the team to commission four new artistic interventions that explore Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer heritage (LGBTQ). My previous cross art form producing track records includes roles at Birmingham REP Theatre, Contact Theatre and Derby Dance Centre (deda).  If you have a local story to tell, please get in touch.

Nicholas Ogris - Business Support Coordinator

I’ll be helping to process your registrations and making sure the application process runs smoothly. I’m also always available to answer any questions you might have, whether these are general or to do with registration. In addition to working with HODs, I’m finishing my part-time MA in Anthropology of Travel and Tourism. I try to experience as much of the country’s heritage as possible and regularly travel to new regions.

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.  

Social media team

Our social media streams are curated by a team of wonderful volunteers from across the country:

  • Abigail Terry - Leicestershire
  • Angela Wright - Suffolk
  • Charlotte Dunn - Berkshire
  • Emily Knight - Leicestershire
  • Josh Sinclair - West Yorkshire
  • Sheena Craig - London