Culture, Heritage and Diversity


European Heritage Days: United Kingdom - England

 

2014


 

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No national theme

Date

11-14 September 2014

Website

www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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2013


Theme

No national theme

Date

12-15 September 2013

Website

www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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2012


The Grange, Augustin Puginís family home in Kent, beautifully restored by the Landmark Trust. Photograph: The Landmark Trust

 

Thousands of events bring history to life over Heritage Open Days. Experience the Tudors at Buckden Towers in Cambridgeshire. Photograph: John & Anthony Bentley

Theme

No national theme

Date

6-9 September 2012

Website

www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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From 6-9 September, 40,000 local volunteers invite you to experience the hidden stories and architectural treasures of thousands of places across England. From castles to city halls, tunnels to tower tops, police cells to private homes, workshops to woodland walks, thereís plenty to see and do. Highlights this year include: To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of A.W.N. Pugin, one of Englandís most renowned architects, some of his finest and lesser known buildings will open their doors to public, such as his family home in Ramsgate, Kent, and Alton Towers Manor in Staffordshire; new excavations will be on show at Star Carr, Scarborough, Englandís most important Mesolithic site in England; The Porsche Club GB will hold a spectacular classic car rally at the National Trustís Calke Abbey in Derbyshire; the Leeds archives of one Britainís leading retailers, Marks & Spencer, will provide access to their treasures for the first time.

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2011


Spanish City Dome Tyne Wear

© AndrewHeptinstall

 

Family exploring a windmill

© Alun Bull

Theme

No national theme

Date

8-11 September 2011

Website

www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Contact

 

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Heritage Open Days is Englandís contribution to European Heritage Days. Supported nationally by English Heritage, the event thrives on the enthusiasm and expertise of local people. In 2010, over 46,000 staff and volunteers from councils, amenity societies, community groups, companies and schools opened up and staged a record 4,463 places and activities, making Heritage Open Days Britainís most popular cultural grassroots event. Over four days in September, venues of all ages, styles and functions open their doors free of charge.

 

Highlights for 2011 include: North Lees Hall in Derbyshire, inspiration to Mr Rochesterís house in Jane Eyre; an opportunity to look inside the decontamination centre against chemical or biological attack at the Greenham Common airbase in Newham; Augustus Puginís home and self-designed Gothic masterpiece The Grange in Kent; H.S. Smokehouse, the last surviving and still working herring brick smokehouse in Great Yarmouth; a unique chance to walk below HMS Victory's Water Line in Portsmouth; and special backstage tours of the North of Englandís great Victorian theatres, The Theatre Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne, Blackpoolís Grand Theatre and the Grand Theatre & Opera House in Leeds.

 

You can now also connect with us on Twitter @heritageopenday to get latest news straight from the Heritage Open Days team.

 

Picture selection:

With over 12,000 visitors Spanish City Dome in Tyne & Wear proved the most popular Heritage Open Days site of the 2010 programme. © Andrew Heptinstall

Family exploring one of a windmill in Norfolk. © Alun Bull

 


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