Why we take part
What we do for HODs
Powderham is a charged for site, so we usually open for one day of activities, on the day where we’d normally be closed (Saturday).
The difference it makes
- Whilst we were open our catering outlets were always busy and so commercially, we did actually turn a profit, which is very helpful after a challenging year.
- We also were able to work with people such as Exeter Cathedral, RAMM, The University of Plymouth, Plymouth Pride, The Beckford Tower, Devon Family History Society and others. These collaborations are not only great for visitor experience but also our own research.
- We got an incredible boost to our volunteering register as well with over 30 new sign ups – our best ever result for a single volunteer drive.
- It also showed us what our guides can deliver off-script and that will certainly be something we take forward. As well as the lecture series which will soon be online and able to continue generating interest.
It gave us a real boost in dealing with life in the pandemic.
Powderham's Heritage Open Days programme of tours and talks was outstanding.
I look forward to more visits when Powderham opens again in 2021.
It’s too hard to pick one, during the opening it was all happening so fast. However, since then we’ve had a huge outpouring of gratitude from those that came. It’s always wonderful to get positive feedback, but the feedback we received this week was immense. It wasn’t just people leaving a nice comment on social media, we were sent handwritten cards of thanks for the week. People taking the time out to send us something that personal doesn’t happen often!