Knocking on people’s doors
Picture it. I want to persuade a new institution to open up for Heritage Open Days, or I’m looking for sponsorship. This is a typical….
Linking buildings, creating clusters - together we’re stronger
Heritage Open Days visitors really appreciate any ideas for other places to explore and there are loads of ways to make connections. Here are a few ideas based on our….
Making collections accessible to visually impaired visitors
Catering for differently abled people within arts and heritage venues is essential and rewarding but it can pose a challenge. At the Barber Institute of Fine….
The thrill of re-enactment - Nantwich’s Holly Holy Day
If you want a vivid encounter with history, to experience "living history", there's nothing quite like a reenactment event. Watching costumed or uniformed….
Lifting the lid on disability history
For many disabled people, the everyday experiences of their historical peers are rarely reflected in the stories that are told through local museums, heritage sites and….
Add some va-va-voom with vintage vehicles
Following a pilot scheme in 2009, more than a dozen Heritage Open Days venues - including a school, a postal museum, a dockyard, several stately homes and even….
Historic churches as visiting destinations
Churches haven’t always been readily associated with the word tourism, but increasingly more and more tourism managers are realising their potential as part of the….
Do we need leaflets?
The world’s moving on. Times change. And in 2011, in my town of Cheltenham at least, and no doubt most places, we found that more and more people had….
What buildings tell me about where I live
All over Britain, there are interesting buildings with a story to tell. Some may appear unassuming at first sight, others seem to make statements about their importance….