Heritage Open Days 9-18 September 2022 - What will you discover?

Take 5 with the Team

From cross border connections to early festival highlights. It’s been a busy few months for the team and there’s lots to share in your behind the scenes update! So grab a cuppa of something comforting and take 5 with us…

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Cross-border connections

Heritage Open Days is part of a wider European festival and last week we had the chance to catch up with our sister coordinators from the other UK programmes. It was great to see how we connect and discuss ways we can support each other more, particularly for those communities who live on the borders, and the organisations that cross them.

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A rare gathering of the UK coordinators, caught on camera at the brilliant PPMCC community garden / © HODs

Our thanks go to European Heritage Days for enabling the meeting to happen. Extra special thanks also to the team at Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre who hosted a brilliant site visit for the group. We knew we had to include one in the agenda to really show off what local organisers in England can achieve through the festival. The PPMCC team were EXCELLENT, we strongly recommend making a trip if you can or check out their collection and work online. We came away buzzing with ideas from the community garden and stories of decorated ship's biscuits plus a peanut from the Titanic!


Conversations with partners is such an important part of our work. HODs is an amazing community network as well as a showcase for fab free events, so we love it when we can connect people to help them do more. This year the chats have led to exciting matchmaking offers with Icon and WES. Keep an eye out for some great events featuring conservation and stories of women in engineering this September!

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Inventing the apple - Charlotte's first highlight pick is a tasty and intriguing take on our theme! / Cider Museum & King Offa Distillery

Early festival highlights

Across the country local organisers are once again rising to the challenge of our annual theme. This time it’s ‘Astounding Inventions’ and they’ve been brewing up some especially inventive events for us all to enjoy. The long lead press release has just gone out with a few early highlights – from the history of gas to the invention of the very English tradition of change-bell ringing. Watch this space for more… the event directory will be live next month!

Charlotte’s choice: Our Registration Assistant, introduced herself on our last Take 5, and has been avidly reading through registrations since then. So I had to ask what’s caught her eye so far (answer – a LOT, but I’ve limited her to mentioning one here!): "The invention of the Apple' is one of my favourite events so far. How does one invent an apple, you may wonder? The team at the Cider Museum and King Offa Distillery will use the science of pomology to look into inventive growing methods, the development of new varieties, and the many delicious ways we have learned to eat or drink this fantastic fruit."

Charlotte talking to a visitors at the HODs stand at the M+H Show. The stand has a pop up banner, bunting, and pink tote bags decorating the space.

Charlotte helps spread the festival joy to attendees of the Museum+Heritage show / © HODs

Stand and deliver!

For the first time the HODs team brought the bunting to the Museums+Heritage show in London. This is an excellent event full of fascinating trade stands and inspiring talks. It was brilliant to meet so many people there, friends old and new. The new pink tote bags were a big hit and the team worked hard to deliver for the festival community – our feet and voices were certainly tired out in the best way! We'll be sending a follow up note to people soon, but if we missed you do just drop us a line - we are here (and love) to help you share your extraordinary stories.

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