New Wave

Rolling in for a second year, New Wave is a training and development project taking a small cohort of Heritage Open Days (HODs) organisers and coordinators through a structured programme focused around the development of new, innovative HODs events aimed specifically at young adults.

Why are we doing this?

We’ve changed dramatically in recent years from just opening doors to encompassing a wide range of innovative and dynamic events. However, too often we’re still perceived as only being for traditional heritage audiences. New Wave seeks to change that. This year-long project aims to enable the delivery of high quality events that push the boundaries of what people expect of Heritage Open Days, widening our appeal to audience groups that we have previously struggled to reach.

Who is taking part?

Our 2021 participants:

  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, Hampshire & Isle of Wight
  • The Forum Trust, Norfolk
  • Friends of Flaxmill Maltings, Shropshire
  • Royal Northern College of Music, Greater Manchester
  • Wheal Martyn Clay Works, Cornwall
  • Locomotion, County Durham
  • The Reader, Liverpool
  • Culture Weston, Somerset
  • Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust, East Sussex
  • Girlguiding Norfolk Archive Resource Centre, Norfolk
  • Black Heritage Walks Network, West Midlands

Our 2020 participants:

  • The South Asia Collection, Norfolk
  • Bath Abbey, Somerset
  • Wentworth Castle Gardens, South Yorkshire
  • Lyme Park, Cheshire
  • Brierley Hill Community Forum, West Midlands
  • East Suffolk Council, Suffolk
  • Sheffield Civic Trust, South Yorkshire
  • ‘a space' arts, Hampshire
  • Leeds Civic Trust, West Yorkshire
  • University of West London, Greater London

What's been happening?

The programme started in February 2020 and, although delayed by the pandemic, our first group of participants continued to work on the project remotely into 2021. In the meantime, from numerous applications we've just selected our second New Wave cohort, who will begin the programme this coming March. Both cohorts will be delivering their events during this year's Heritage Open Days, in what will be a bumper New Wave year.

Watch this space for further details.