Heritage open days 25th year!

Acton Court in Bristol will open during Heritage Open Days for the first time this year.

Acton Court in Bristol will open during Heritage Open Days for the first time this year.

Heritage open days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, when venues across the country throw open their doors to celebrate heritage, community and history.

It provides a chance for your group to see places that are rarely open and try out new experiences – and it’s all free!

In 2019 the Heritage Open Days (HODs) festival will run for ten consecutive days from 13th to 22nd September giving each venue more options about when to open and how long for.

The theme for this year is ‘People Power’ in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre and the ways that people have changed the world, from marches and sit-ins to peaceful protests and rebel songs.

Free Community tours at the National Martime Museum Greenwich is part of Heritage Open Days. © National Maritime Museum Greenwich.

Free Community tours at the National Martime Museum Greenwich is part of Heritage Open Days. © National Maritime Museum Greenwich.

Amongst new visit opportunities already announced for 2019 are the Prince Philip Maritime Collections at the Royal Museums Greenwich, London – a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s storage collection; Analysing Pugin – at the Creative and Virtual Technologies Lab at Nottingham Trent University
for a special talk revealing new discoveries about Pugin’s designs, and Acton Court, Bristol – learn the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s visit to this Tudor house, on a Blue Badge guided tour.

While a special event this year is at the Recycling Depot in Keynsham for Bath and East Somerset, which will open to reveal the process of turning waste into reusable materials, from sorting and bulking, to distribution and making new products.