Heritage Open Days has flourished as a unique joint-venture spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Heritage Open Days is coordinated nationally by the National Trust with support 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 an enormous network of people who share a passion for places, history and culture. Locally, thousands of organisations and volunteers programme, fund and manage a fantastic array of site openings and events, jointly attracting millions of visitors. They make Heritage Open Days England’s biggest voluntary cultural event.
Being grass roots led the national team regularly consults with local organisers to inform our path forward. It also means that the organisational set up varies across the country according to what works locally - some places have an area coordinator who helps to build, connect and promote a festival hub. You can see our list of local coordinators here.