Welcome to the Heritage Open Days blog!
Here we’ll take you behind the scenes of running this amazing festival and introduce you to some friends and fascinating stories along the way.
7 Beautiful Books
Between the covers of a book lie whole new worlds, conjured by words and beautiful illustrations. Worlds that range from the heavenly (17th century star atlas) to the….
Deadly Design: 5 cases for careful conservation
Pretty wallpaper? Pretty poisonous! The historic decorative features in our old buildings provide character and are much loved but require care. Careful care. Especially….
Playbills of the past
Did you know a library isn’t just for books? When I asked our organisers for stories about the history of creativity Leeds Libraries came back with these amazing….
Festival of Blossom
'The cherries’ only fault / the crowds that gather / when they bloom'* The sight of blossom in Spring has inspired poets throughout the….
Celeste - The unconquered blacksmith
Born to french aristocracy, scammed into poverty, and bouncing back to face all critics, including the British Admiralty – Celeste Sinibaldi was clearly….
Take 5 with the Team
Spring is in the air, which means the months of winter planning are about to burst into bloom! From webinars and workshops to technical logistics, it’s a busy, and….
Say it With Flowers
Flowers - beautiful, cheering (hello 1st snowdrops!)…. and fascinating. Yes, blooms too have tales to tell! Last year, we heard how they can be considered….
New Year Honours – festival favourites
New Year is a time for lists, resolutions and honours; so reflecting on last year and thinking about what highlights lie ahead, we’ve come up with an alternative….
Introducing… The January Challenge
'Creativity' - just the word makes half of us smile and the others dash for the hills! If you're one of the smilers then you'll love this... if….