Heritage Open Days

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all 11 tours of the swing bridge in Newcastle are already booked out

all 11 tours of the swing bridge in Newcastle  (on the right) are already booked out

September means that it is time for those days when heritage sites throw open their doors to the public and that includes places that are rarely open for some of us to view or include parts of places that we don’t usually see such as Robert Owen’s School for Children in New Lanark.

Take Chester racecourse for example. Many of us have been to race meetings but how many of us have seen the rooms behind the open areas? Here’s your chance. Other sights to see in Chester include the rarely opened Agricola Tower which was the gate tower to the old castle, Quarry Park Mill and the Grosvenor Museum.

Some events are already booked out for example the eleven tours of the swing bridge in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

In Northern Ireland, the heritage days are celebrated on the 12th and 13thof September as they are in England. In Scotland and Wales it is every weekend in September and in London it is the 19th and 20th of September. If you are interested in visiting synagogues then their heritage day is today the 6th of September

After a first pilot in Gosport proved a success, the now defunct Civic Trust established Heritage Open Days in 1994 as England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days. Starting out with some 700 sites, Heritage Open Days has since developed into Britain’s largest and most popular grassroots heritage event, with participation more than doubling during the first decade of the millennium. Locally, over 1,500 organisations and some 40,000 volunteers organise thousands of site openings and events, jointly attracting over 3 million visitors.

The heritage days that we celebrate are a European wide project. Take the Netherlands for example. Held every year in the second weekend of September, approximately 4.000 historical buildings and sites open their doors to the public. Almost every Dutch monument is open to the public, free of charge during that weekend attracting around 900,000 people.

For a list of what is opening near you, click here or go to http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

 

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