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

Team travels - part 2

So that’s it, another year of amazing Heritage Open Days events has drawn to a close. The team has travelled up and down dale to take in as many fascinating places and stories as we could. All shared by wonderful local organisers and volunteers - a huge thank you goes out to all involved. Some of our personal highlights from the second weekend’s journeys are below – we’d love to hear yours!

ALEX climbs high to see the sights

I went to Norfolk! After having a chat with a statue I climbed 280 steps up a spiral staircase to the top of the St John the Baptist Cathedral tower and took in the 360 degree view of Norwich.

SARAH is enchanted by 2 stunning cities

There was so much to see in Sheffield - stunning city of steel (and water!)

I took an inspiring journey to justice in Sheffield with Mark Hutchinson’s Civil Rights walk before hopping a step further north. In Leeds I met up with the team of extraordinary women behind Heritage Open Days in the city and surrounds, who showed me their fascinating exhibition of women on blue plaques.

Sheffield and Leeds are two stunning cities full of impressive Victorian architecture, beautiful green spaces, and so much more – do go explore them if you get the chance!

ANNIE casts her vote

I was lucky enough to see a few more of our put her forward unveilings which were moving, powerful and fun. I spent some great time up North learning about our industrial history (pottery and steel!) and our brewing present (thanks, Sheffield Tap).  A personal highlight was casting a vote in the Winchester Xwomen election!

Iby Knill was another of today's extraordinary women we were able to honour through 'put her forward'

Every place I visited I could happily return. I am once again so inspired by and admiring of the innovation, hard work and dedication of our coordinators, organisers and volunteers. I can’t wait for next year and more chances to learn about the rich and fascinating world around us.

What did you discover?

ANDY spent some time on the farm, happy as a pig in mud?!

A huge thank you to everyone involved in the festival this year, be it by visiting, organising or volunteering!

Please tell us how it all went – we’d love to share your stories!