Opening a Window to Your Past
For the past three years a project in Yorkshire has been bringing local groups together to share their heritage with the public through fabulous exhibitions. By taking….
Localism and Heritage Open Days
Localism does what it says on the tin; it prioritises the local. It supports local production and consumption of goods, local control of government and promotion of….
Working with themes
So you've opened a building over Heritage Open Days, people enjoyed your tour, but what next? Have you ever thought working with themes? Believe it or not,….
‘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….