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.
Heritage Open Days is coordinated centrally by the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Locally, it is thousands of organisations and individuals from all walks of life who make the festival happen.
'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 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
Heritage Open Days is organised by a huge network of people who share a passion for places, history and culture. Locally, over 1,500 organisations and some 40,000 volunteers organise (and fund) thousands of site openings and events, jointly attracting over 3 million visitors. They make Heritage Open Days England’s biggest voluntary cultural event.
In recognition of this joint working a panel of local organisers has long been a key feature of the programme’s governance. They help ensure that our objectives and services meet the needs of those delivering on the ground.