Heritage Open Days: 10-19 Sept. 2021 - what did you discover?!

Anytime and Anywhere Events

Worried that you've missed out on Heritage Open Days? Can't travel this year? Well not to not fear! We still have a whole clutch of online events to enjoy throughout the festival. No need to rush, just cuddle down on the sofa and enjoy whatever catches your eye.

Lots of fun still to come

Delight in the ethereal beauty of stained glass © St Mark’s Broomhill

Gaze at gorgeous stained glass of three Victorian churches. The buildings in the virtual tour - St John's Ranmoor, St Mark's Broomhill and St Mary's Walkley - not only share a similar birthdate but also a remarkable collection of stained glass. Click on this 15-minute online recording to see more of their wonderful windows. 

Steal around inside the chilling Coroner's Court. If you are curious about crime, jump into a virtual tour around this Grade II* listed buiding. In a stroke of luck, the courtroom has remained largely unchanged, so you will get the chance to see all the original fittings and furnishings.

New immersive Sound Walks bring these streets to life © Historic England

Take a walk with a difference. Discover the magic of local High Streets with six new immersive Sound Walks. From the cry of gulls in Hull and a carnival in Barrow to club beats and café bustle in Reading, the sounds and stories of the streets are brought to life in these special new artistic commissions.

Dig for finds (virtually)! Grab a tea and settle down for this short documentary uncovering recent archaeological discoveries in Bishop Auckland. 

Hear the lore of grime and gore on a brand new Lancaster Health History Trail. The online version promises tales of body snatching, leprosy hospitals and even murder. Click the link anytime for many more tales of crime and conquest. 

Tune into a transfixing talk: ‘You spin me right ‘round - spinning and weaving in the Roman world’. Have you ever wondered how gladiators’ socks might have been made? How mummy’s wrappings fashioned? To answer these questions and more, join Dr Carey Fleiner live online as she reveals how the Romans made clothes in a world before machines.

Edible England isn't over yet...

Poke your head in the vat… from the safety of your own screen © Chelmsford Brew and Co.

Take a pint-sized virtual tour of the fabulous Chelmsford Brew Co. Recently re-established on the site of a 19th century brewery, check out the video to discover the fascinating science behind making beer. Well, ‘hop’ to it!  

How did a monk feed their body and soul? Jump into this short video talk to find out what might have been on Norwich Cathedral’s menu in medieval times. Hear how the monks might have got a little funky with their food, even within their strict religious life.

Discover some freaky food fads © University of Reading

Food fads galore! What links mad dogs and mint? Why did 18th century aristocrats take pineapples to parties? Join this pre-recorded talk to discover how these trends were symbols of health and wealth in the past. 400 years of wild food history in just 40 minutes? What could be better! 

Get foody at Abingdon Museum with a week-long carousel of events and exhibitions. Catch daily live events, streamed talks and children's activities, ranging from the history of throwing buns to 4000 year old 'mummy bread'. Take a bite from the bonanza while you can!

Cook yourself a storm with a collection of short demonstration videos. Filmed in Liskeard Together's Tiny Kitchen, they will have plenty of tips and tricks to help you make tasty, easy and cheap meals. 

When in Rome, what did the Romans do (for supper)?

Hurl yourself into antiquity… and eat, pray, love. Did you know that food meant more than feeding hunger in the ancient world? It also meant sharing a moment with your family, friends, colleagues - and even with the gods! This year, Ure Museum will be exploring these ancient customs by releasing a short online video every day of the festival. Make sure you sniff out the next instalment.  

‘Straight outta Yorkshire’ © Leeds Civic Trust

Catch the Yorkshire Pudding Festival. Whilst the event can’t go ahead in person all is not lost! No need to wear a mask; there won’t even be any washing up - just hit play, sit back and savour this six-minute video, showcasing a Yorkshire delicacy with a difference. (Just don’t blame them if you feel peckish afterwards!)

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PLEASE NOTE - These events were accurate at the time of publication but this year more than ever the details are subject to change. Please check the individual entries for more.