First look at our 25th Anniversary highlights
In September, Heritage Open Days - England’s largest festival of history and culture - will celebrate its 25th anniversary, with thousands of FREE events taking place across ten days. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore places not normally open to the public, and learn more about the heritage on their doorstep. And for 2019, a special programme of ‘People Power’ themed events will focus on highlighting historic and contemporary communities, groups and individuals who have affected positive change; buildings saved, greenspaces created, friendships forged, campaigns fought and voices heard.
Inspired by positive changes in the past, the third arts project in the ‘Unsung Stories’ strand will also explore People Power. Made possible by support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and created by the founder of the global Craftivist Collective, Sarah Corbett, 'Dare to Dream' will build on stories of those who dreamt of a brighter future, by asking what we can do to keep moving things forward at a series of Craftivism workshops throughout the festival.
“Our 25th anniversary and our first-ever ten-day festival means Heritage Open Days 2019 is going to be an unforgettable year,” says HODs National Manager, Annabelle Thorpe. “And what better time to celebrate ‘People Power’ - something that is at the very heart of our unique festival. This September will see a more diverse and innovative array of events than ever before - proving that Heritage Open Days really does belong to everyone.”
Highlights already registered include a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the Prince Philip Maritime Collections at Royal Museums Greenwich, a concert showcasing the music of People Power through the ages, and a community damson harvest at Brockhampton’s Orchard.