Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days England's biggest heritage festival returns from the 11-20 September 2019. See hidden places and try out new experiences - all for FREE!
Heritage Open Days runs in partnership with the National Trust and with generous support from players of People's Postcode Lottery. It is organised by a huge network of people who share a passion for places, history and culture. Locally, over 2000 organisations and some 46,000 volunteers organise thousands of site openings and events, jointly attracting over 1 million visitors. They make Heritage Open Days England’s biggest voluntary cultural event.
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In 1991 the Council of Europe and the European Commission set up European Heritage Days to raise appreciation for Europe’s rich and diverse cultural assets and their need for care and protection. The central principle was as simple as it was compelling: to throw open the doors to historic monuments and buildings, in particular those normally closed to the public. Established in 1994, Heritage Open Days is England's contribution to this larger event. Expanding and diversifying from 701 events at its launch to over 5,000 today! Heritage Open Days continues to flourish with more events every year, reflecting the rich and diverse cultural heritage of England and its communities.

Mission: Our mission is simple - To celebrate England’s fantastic history and culture by offering free access, every September, to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. From castles to city halls, follies to factories, tunnels to tower tops, police cells to private homes, workshops to woodland walks, the variety of places and ways to discover them are endless. Heritage Open Days shows how all our stories have shaped the England that we know today.

Monday rolls around quickly, doesn't it? If you're homeschooling, the Science Museum has a pack full of brilliant experi...
27/04/2020

Monday rolls around quickly, doesn't it? If you're homeschooling, the Science Museum has a pack full of brilliant experiments you can try at home.

To be honest, we would head outdoors with the Alka-Seltzer rocket 💥

https://learning.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Kitchen-science.pdf

27/04/2020
National Gardening Week / RHS Gardening

🌷 🌻 🌹 Grow at home! 🌷 🌻 🌹

That's this year's theme for #NationalGardeningWeek from the RHS - Royal Horticultural Society, who are encouraging us all to boost our wellbeing through gardening and sharing our passion for plants.

Here’s are some of their top tips:

🌵 Nuture indoor herbs, houseplants and window-boxes
🦔 Encourage nature by letting grass grow long
📷 Share photos with friends on social media

Find out more, HERE: http://ow.ly/Cafb50zoPdJ

Join the country's biggest celebration of gardening by sharing your love of edible produce

Some of us are at home with them, others of us are temporarily parted from them. Our families have become even more impo...
26/04/2020
Exploring our family history resources - The National Archives blog

Some of us are at home with them, others of us are temporarily parted from them. Our families have become even more important during these challenging times but how much do you know about yours?

If you're keen to research your family history, the National Archives has some great resources to get you started.

The documents in our collection can play a vital role in piecing together your ancestors’ past, but if you’re new to family history, it can be difficult to know where to begin. For budding genealogists out there, we've collated our key family history resources

Gateshead International Festival of Theatre is celebrating its 10th anniversary (happy birthday! 🎉) next weekend, and th...
26/04/2020
GIFT | Coming Soon

Gateshead International Festival of Theatre is celebrating its 10th anniversary (happy birthday! 🎉) next weekend, and the festival is going digital!

Check out GIFT (Gateshead International Festival of Theatre) HERE: https://www.giftfestival.co.uk/

Gateshead International Festival of Theatre is coming soon to www.giftfestival.co.uk 1st – 3rd May 2020.

So what’s Histropedia’s goal? Oh, you know, just to visualise the sum of all human knowledge…Explore over 300,000 histor...
25/04/2020

So what’s Histropedia’s goal?

Oh, you know, just to visualise the sum of all human knowledge…

Explore over 300,000 historical timelines, covering everything from books by Dr. Seuss to mathematical discoveries and works by Leonardo da Vinci HERE 👉 http://ow.ly/nebS50za4Sg

If you're raising a glass to mark the end of the week, will it be as fancy as this one, from the Hereford Cider Museum? ...
24/04/2020

If you're raising a glass to mark the end of the week, will it be as fancy as this one, from the Hereford Cider Museum?

Who remembers the deer? #FridayFeeling

Ahead of #WorldBookNight we've been looking back at some of the lovely libraries that have previously taken part in the ...
23/04/2020

Ahead of #WorldBookNight we've been looking back at some of the lovely libraries that have previously taken part in the festival, from the very funky Lowestoft Library to the Ancient Library at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

We can almost smell the pages 📖

It's #ShakespearesBirthday - what's your favourite play?
23/04/2020

It's #ShakespearesBirthday - what's your favourite play?

22/04/2020

Big shout out to some of our long term partners! Some of our organisers have been with us a while. When did Northampton Borough Council first get involved? #quizquestion

a) 1994
b) 1995
c) 1996

22/04/2020

Happy #WorldEarthDay! Can you share your images of little bits of magic that you love on our glorious planet?

If you're seeking a little #WednesdayWisdom, may we suggest a visit to the Wellcome Collection. While the museum and lib...
22/04/2020
Wellcome Collection | The free museum and library for the incurably curious

If you're seeking a little #WednesdayWisdom, may we suggest a visit to the Wellcome Collection. While the museum and library are currently closed, their digital collections of books, artworks and photos of museum objects are very much open for business

Visit them here ➡️ https://wellcomecollection.org/

You can also revisit the guest blog written for us by Alice White, Wellcome Collection's digital editor, in which she tells us about some of her favourite pieces.

Read it here ➡️ https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/news-desk/news/wellcome-collection-a-library-for-the-incurably-curious

Visit our free museum and library in central London connecting science, medicine, life and art. Explore our exhibitions, live events, gallery tours, restaurant, cafe, bookshop, and cafe. Fully accessible. Open late on Thursday evenings.

Is it time for a cuppa? As it's National Tea Day we have carefully taken our very precious Emma Bridgewater teapot down ...
21/04/2020

Is it time for a cuppa? As it's National Tea Day we have carefully taken our very precious Emma Bridgewater teapot down from it's special shelf and pressed it into action today.

This was created for us when we worked with the company on our ‘Made in England’ project, which was aimed at highlighting traditional English manufacturing.

You might even have one of the H mugs that were available to buy, or perhaps one of the exquisite teaspoons from David Mellor Design. If so, there's no better day to use them.

Quiz time! St. Michaels Church & Pastoral Centre in Sandhurst are one of the first organisations to have signed up to th...
21/04/2020

Quiz time! St. Michaels Church & Pastoral Centre in Sandhurst are one of the first organisations to have signed up to this year’s festival. But how many years are they celebrating?

a) 700
b) 750
c) 800

We hope your pets are keeping you company at home… this lovely wooden cat was the ‘pet’ of Charles Paget Wade - just one...
20/04/2020

We hope your pets are keeping you company at home… this lovely wooden cat was the ‘pet’ of Charles Paget Wade - just one of the many quirky objects in the National Trust's Curious Collections.

Find out more and discover the collections HERE: http://ow.ly/DgBK50za3Lu

All fans of the BBC’s 1995 TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice would recognise the iconic building known on screen as P...
18/04/2020

All fans of the BBC’s 1995 TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice would recognise the iconic building known on screen as Pemberley, the estate home of Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy. Off screen, it’s known as Lyme Park, and you can often visit as part of the festival. Beautiful!

Wondering what to rustle up for dinner this weekend. Why not channel your inner-Norman and throw a medieval feast?The go...
17/04/2020

Wondering what to rustle up for dinner this weekend. Why not channel your inner-Norman and throw a medieval feast?

The good folk at BBC History have a step-by-step-guide that the whole family can get involved in. Create a banqueting hall, dress to impress and cook a five course feast. If peacock and boar (?!) are in short supply, you can opt for chicken and pork instead (phew!).

Don't forget the entertainment. Anyone good at juggling?

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory/HOH_Feasting_activities.pdf

What’s better than curling up with a good book… curling up with a good theatre production of a book! It’s the last day t...
16/04/2020
Official Jane Eyre directed by Sally Cookson | Free National Theatre Live Full Performance

What’s better than curling up with a good book… curling up with a good theatre production of a book! It’s the last day to watch the National Theatre's performance of Jane Eyre online for FREE! 🎭

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO0CXV0zEAQ

Watch the beautiful and dynamic theatre production of Jane Eyre, a collaboration with Bristol Old Vic, filmed by National Theatre Live at London's National T...

16/04/2020

Yesterday's answer is 800 years! What an anniversary!

Quiz time! St. Michaels Church & Pastoral Centre in Sandhurst are one of the first organisations to have signed up to this year’s festival. But how many years are they celebrating?

a) 700
b) 750
c) 800

No virtual tours or craft ideas from us today...Instead here's a beautiful shot of The Hospital of St Cross in Wincheste...
15/04/2020

No virtual tours or craft ideas from us today...

Instead here's a beautiful shot of The Hospital of St Cross in Winchester taken by Forgotten Heritage as part of our collaboration.

14/04/2020

These days it’s all Skype this, and Zoom that… but it wasn’t until #OTD 1983 that Britain test launched its first cordless telephone. Did you have a BT Hawk? #TechHistory

Looking for a good way to pass the time this EasterMonday?Take a virtual tour of Chauvet Cave in Southern France - it's ...
13/04/2020

Looking for a good way to pass the time this EasterMonday?

Take a virtual tour of Chauvet Cave in Southern France - it's absolutely incredible 👉 http://ow.ly/ztR750z9Tk9

It's probably not the #EasterSunday any of us had imagined...but hopefully these adorable #Easter creatures will brighte...
12/04/2020

It's probably not the #EasterSunday any of us had imagined...but hopefully these adorable #Easter creatures will brighten your day! 🐣

And before you ask - yes, the Easter Seal is a thing.

2 of these weird English #Easter traditions are true and 1 is a lie - but can you guess which?1. In Leicestershire, riva...
11/04/2020

2 of these weird English #Easter traditions are true and 1 is a lie - but can you guess which?

1. In Leicestershire, rival villages fight over kegs of beer

2. In Stoke, the Easter chicken predicts the future

3. In a London pub, a sailor puts a hot cross bun into a net

10/04/2020

Time for some more emoji codes we thinks...what famous historical events do these represent?

1. ♀️✊ + 👑🏇 + 🏃‍♀️ = ☠️

2. 🇬🇧⛏️🌊 + 🇫🇷 ⛏️🌊 = 🚆

3. 🛡️🛡️🛡️⚔️🏇🏇🏇 + ➡️👁️ = 🤴☠️

Here's something to smile about on a Thursday afternoon...The National Trust are transforming 30 hectares of Lincolnshir...
09/04/2020

Here's something to smile about on a Thursday afternoon...

The National Trust are transforming 30 hectares of Lincolnshire coast into a wildlife haven!

🎞️👉 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRpU3S-JIv0

Looking for some #HeritageAtHome activities?Visit Lancaster have you covered with everything from virtual tours of the c...
08/04/2020

Looking for some #HeritageAtHome activities?

Visit Lancaster have you covered with everything from virtual tours of the castle to nautical knot practice!

Check it out 👉 http://ow.ly/enrq50z8JoK

Looking for something calming during these worrying times?Headstone Manor have produced these wonderful Mindful Museum r...
07/04/2020

Looking for something calming during these worrying times?

Headstone Manor have produced these wonderful Mindful Museum resources for you to do at home!

Community Engagement Officer, Emily Thomas, tells us more 👉 http://ow.ly/F1n450z7OwL

The theatres may be closed, but the shows go on!Thanks BBC Arts for this list of 8 incredible performances you can watch...
06/04/2020

The theatres may be closed, but the shows go on!

Thanks BBC Arts for this list of 8 incredible performances you can watch online for free 👉 http://ow.ly/SHjQ50z6vPf

👏👏👏 to English Heritage for this fantastic virtual Stonehenge experience!Navigate through the seasons and track the move...
05/04/2020
Stonehenge Skyscape

👏👏👏 to English Heritage for this fantastic virtual Stonehenge experience!

Navigate through the seasons and track the movement of the stars, moon and planets around the stone circle 👉 https://www.stonehengeskyscape.co.uk/

Experience the skies above the iconic stone circle and learn about movements of the sun, moon and planets and the solar alignment at Stonehenge.

04/04/2020

Here are some more emoji codes for you to decipher and this time we've turned the history-geek metre up a notch...what famous historical events do these represent and what connects them?

1. ⚔️🌹+🤴☠️+⛏️🅿️⚰️=

2. 👸🇫🇷💍🤴+ 💔⚔️☠️ =

3. ⛵🌹+🌊☠️+🏋️🏛️ =

We love this virtual tour of the Royal Academy of Arts Sensing Spaces exhibition and we thought you might like it too......
03/04/2020

We love this virtual tour of the Royal Academy of Arts Sensing Spaces exhibition and we thought you might like it too...

Check it out 👉 http://ow.ly/d78e50z4jBR

31/03/2020

Here's a little Tuesday brain teaser for you - can you work out these famous English heritage sites written in Emoji code?

1. 💵🤴🐖 + 🏰 = ❓

2. ⚫🏊‍♂️ + 🗼 = ❓

3. 🔗🥫 + 🐱🦅 = ❓

Please don't give the game away by commenting the answers, but do tag and share these with your friends and family!

This is both a disgusting and interesting way to spend an hour of your life...Make and excavate your own Aztec Poo (Yes ...
30/03/2020

This is both a disgusting and interesting way to spend an hour of your life...

Make and excavate your own Aztec Poo (Yes -💩) with the help of @YAC_CBA!

Plop away the hours HERE: http://ow.ly/MdjO50yZKLw

Struggling to keep the kids entertained?Here are some great ideas from The Woodland Trust for nature activities that you...
28/03/2020

Struggling to keep the kids entertained?

Here are some great ideas from The Woodland Trust for nature activities that you can do in your home and garden 👉 http://ow.ly/dp9Q50yXCVJ

27/03/2020
BBC London

This is a cool way to spend 3 minutes and 42 seconds on a Friday afternoon...🏰

Windsor Castle is just magical. They're opening newly refurbished rooms to the public and now you can explore the palace in our 360° video. 👑👑👑

🎨 Everyone loves a bit of colouring and it's also said to help calm even the busiest of minds...🏛Check out this incredib...
26/03/2020

🎨 Everyone loves a bit of colouring and it's also said to help calm even the busiest of minds...

🏛Check out this incredible collection of colouring books provided by libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions from around the world that are completely free to download and print at home!

👉Get colouring here: http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/

A 27-year-old scab, a frisbee, and a little rubber pig.Discover tales of heartbreak and hilarity with the online collect...
25/03/2020

A 27-year-old scab, a frisbee, and a little rubber pig.

Discover tales of heartbreak and hilarity with the online collections of the weird and wonderful Museum of Broken Relationships!

It's all here 👉 https://brokenships.com/explore

🏛️ This incredible virtual tour of the British Museum's collections literally made us spill our chamomile and lemon tea ...
24/03/2020

🏛️ This incredible virtual tour of the British Museum's collections literally made us spill our chamomile and lemon tea with excitement...

Check it out 👉 https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

Here's another fantastic digital heritage experience for you to get your teeth into...Delve through 14 billion years of ...
23/03/2020

Here's another fantastic digital heritage experience for you to get your teeth into...

Delve through 14 billion years of history with this interactive timeline based on wikipedia entries!

Try it out here: http://histography.io/

Spending more time at home does have its advantages. We've now got time to watch all the seasons of Detectorists again o...
19/03/2020

Spending more time at home does have its advantages. We've now got time to watch all the seasons of Detectorists again on BBC iplayer...and it's just as glorious as the first time!

What is everyone else watching?

The museums may be closed, but what if each of our homes became their own mini private collections...The first object th...
18/03/2020

The museums may be closed, but what if each of our homes became their own mini private collections...

The first object this post writer would display is a colourful image of a zebra drawn by their grandpa.

What would your #MuseumAtHome contain?

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For people living in North Somerset and wondering how to entertain the whole family, try 'Know Your Place'. Know Your Place is the free online mapping resource that is putting your neighbourhood’s heritage on the map. You can explore your neighbourhood’s heritage online through old maps, historic images and historical data and contribute to the published information yourself. To access the map and start exploring, head to www.kypwest.org.uk, click ‘Explore the map’ and scroll down to ‘North Somerset’. Find out more about the depth of history of your street or village, and explore historic maps going back further than 1840 to see when your house was built! Do you have any historic photos of places around North Somerset, or old family snaps that you’ve been meaning to sort through and would like to share? For parents with children at home, there is a downloadable Learning Pack, aimed at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. This pack contains 6 themed lessons, each with a choice of activity that can be adapted, as well as case studies. It was developed in consultation with a range of teachers and group leaders: you can find the pack here:http://www.kypwest.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/831%20-%20KYP%20-%20Learning%20Pack%20(Digital).pdf The project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Great Weston Heritage Action Zone. Our volunteers have been busy adding new information to the map, check out the ‘Community Layer’ and click on a green diamond to find out a little more about a particular place. Know Your Place is free and available to everyone, so why not take 5 minutes and explore the map, North Somerset’s history and heritage is waiting for you! You can also find out more on: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/638416113618702/ Twitter https://twitter.com/KYPNorthSom
One weekend done, one to go. Near capacity over t eh weekend at Chatterley Whitfield.
We went to Polesworth Abbey for bit viking history and then middleton Hall for tudor history.. Great places and great refreshments. Only shame was onky found middleton hall via their website wasnt listed on yours and it had your bunting.. Planning next weekend now.. Puppy dog loves a bit history...
At the Magpie Mine Heritage Open Day in Derbyshire we are hoping to get lots of photos of dogs in miner's hats! 😂 '#DogsInHats' is popular on Instagram so we thought we would join in.
Heritage open days - free entry to some Island museums and tours next weekend. I'd not heard of half of them.
The Sime Gallery in Worplesdon is open for Heritage Open Days and is serving tea & cake!
Anything near Reading in Berks?
Please note Dugdale Bros, Huddersfield, is fully booked. Please don't ringing us direct as we don't do the bookings. Sorry but Kirklees have had so much interest that they are unable to run a cancellation list. Thank you so much for all the interest.
Dare to Dream and the Art of Gentle Protest sees craftivism at the People's History Museum 22nd Sept as part of Heritage Open Days
Please could you tell me if Stroud has any Heritage Open Day events? I looked on the Bristol Open Doors day one and nothing was showing up? Thank you!