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 along the way.
Team travels - part 1
We’re mid festival frenzy here, halfway through Heritage Open Days 2018. Thousands of events have already flown their bunting and now packed it away while many….
‘put her forward’: Making a statue for the 21st century
'So…we’re going to print some statues.’ Definitely sounds like something that would have been said on Star Trek or that would have made Marty McFly….
Street Art: The power of a picture on the wall
Above my desk is a postcard with a striking monochrome stencil of a lady whose steady gaze quietly encourages me to get on with things! This is 18th century feminist Mary….
‘put her forward’: beyond size
25 new statues of women. How great is that? More importantly, how necessary, when you realise that there are only 26 statues of non-mythical, non-royal women….
90 years of protecting Oxford’s dreaming spires
It’s an extra special year for one of our brightest hubs, Oxford Preservation Trust is celebrating its 90th birthday! Many happy returns, break out that cake and….
England’s biggest heritage festival – and why we love being part of it all!
Strictly has sequins and spray tans - but September is also about HODs and fuchsia pink! - says local coordinator Sarah Flannery. As founder of Knutsford Promenades, Sarah….
New Rainbow Plaque Trail in Leeds
This summer Leeds invite us all to follow the rainbow and discover more about the city’s LGBTQ+ heritage. Leeds Civic Trust have been coordinating a fantastic….
Jewish Country Houses: exploring the world of the Anglo-Jewish aristocracy
One of the most wonderful things about Heritage Open Days is that it provides a chance for visitors to learn new things about histories, places and people that they might….
‘put her forward’: an extraordinary day of remarkable women
I would be hard pressed to say what my favourite day in this job has been. I’ve been lucky to have a multitude of fun, inspiring, rewarding and every other kind of….