‘Tis already the season at Petworth House
With many National Trust houses preparing to close for winter conservation work, have you ever wondered what else the National Trust gets up to over the winter? Well,….
Real people with real issues: Working with disabled volunteers
I am currently pre-occupied by the generally enjoyable post-HODs activity of ‘reading the feedback’: positive, negative, insightful, useful, frustrating,….
In praise of local distinctiveness
Aren’t we lucky? Every few miles, the English landscape changes. This country must be one of the most visually diverse in the world. Rolling hills and valleys,….
There and back again - a HODs tale
After months and months of working away to register events for Heritage Open Days (HODs), people often ask me what we, as the national team, do over the weekend and….
Marvellous, mysterious, mundaine - how the past’s silent witnesses speak to us
Heritage starts with people. For many folk that piece of heritage probably started out as the horrible new carbuncle built in their backyard (against their wishes).….
Is anyone afraid of the dark? Bristol diaries
"Is anyone afraid of the dark?" It was the last thing we heard before being plunged into blackness. The experience lasted for all of 5….
Open days galore!
Heritage Open Days 2011 may be over but are you aware that it’s still open door season? If you missed our event, caught the explorer bug or happened to be one of….
Heritage Fashion - ditch the tweed!
When fashion editors and advertisers describe something as ‘heritage’ they seem to mean, ‘rather tweedy’ judging by a recent advert for Westfield….
Longthorpe Tower - the view from the till
I felt a bit under-dressed when I turned up to be the 'responsible adult' for Heritage Open Days at Longthorpe Tower on Saturday. We had 7 re-enactors, everyone….