People will have the chance to delve into Norfolk's fascinating and often hidden heritage, with the launch this week of the 2011 Heritage Open Days (HODs) programme featuring hundreds of free events from 8th to 11th September.
The brochure covers Heritage Open Days events in Norwich, South Norfolk, Thetford and further afield. The brochure - detailing all events and how to book - is available in cultural venues, tourist information centres, libraries, post offices, cafés and shops across Norfolk. It can also be downloaded from www.heritagecity.org/hods and copies can be emailed and posted out free of charge - send requests to email@example.com or call 01603 305575.
HODs in Norwich is co-ordinated by Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) and is an annual celebration of the rich heritage available in Norfolk. Michael Loveday, Chief Executive of HEART, said: 'This is HEART's seventh year of co-ordinating HODs and this year we're pleased to add Thetford to our county-wide programme. All the events are free, which helps to make it as accessible as possible and hopefully encourage people who might not normally visit these places to take a closer look. It's also a good way of showing that heritage isn't just about 'old buildings' with events such as tours of the BBC East studios, Colman's mustard tastings, and puppet-making workshops being included.'
Councillor Robert Kybird, Heritage Champion for Moving Thetford Forward, said: 'I very much welcome Thetford's inclusion in Norfolk's Heritage Open Days. We have three excellent museums, (the Ancient House, the Charles Burrell and Dad's Army) and two guided walks which will attract a broad variety of visitors. There are further opportunities to visit some of Thetford's hidden gems which are represented in the brochure. This is the start of a new vision for Thetford - historic past, healthy future!'
Councillor Martin Wilby, Deputy Leader of South Norfolk Council, said: 'We are delighted to be participating in Heritage Open Days again this year, giving visitors and residents the chance to discover South Norfolk's heritage. There's a huge variety on offer - from tours of beautiful Wymondham Abbey to an opportunity to look round the innovative Hethel Engineering Centre.'
Some of the events require pre-booking and, due to their popularity and relatively limited capacity, it is recommended this is done as soon as possible. However, for over half of the events no pre-booking is required and visitors can just drop in on the day.
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For more information please contact Lindsey Roffe, Communications Manager at Norwich HEART on 01603 599570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; or Sophie Harrison, Communications Officer at Norwich HEART on 01603 599578 or email email@example.com.
For information about Heritage Open Days in South Norfolk please contact Laura Woollacott, Tourism & Events Officer at South Norfolk Council: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01508 533615.
For information about Heritage Open Days in Thetford please contact David Brooks at Thetford Tourist Information Centre on 01842 751975.
About Norwich HEART
Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is a private, charitable trust set up to act as an umbrella organisation for all of the heritage on offer in Norwich and to be a best practice exemplar internationally for heritage as a social and economic regeneration vehicle. HEART receives core funding from Norwich City Council and further project funding from a variety of sources which has to date included the European Union, HM Treasury, the East of England Development Agency and Norfolk County Council.
About Heritage Open Days
Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 as England's contribution to European Heritage Days (EHD), The Council of Europe created European Heritage Days to bring people closer to their cultural heritage by throwing open the doors to historic monuments and buildings - preferably those which are usually either closed or are only partly accessible to the general public.
To ensure that no-one is excluded from enjoying the benefits of the event, the Council of Europe made it a key requirement that access to all properties taking part in EHD should be offered free of charge. European Heritage Days are held annually in September in 50 countries.
The UK is represented by English Heritage's Heritage Open Days, Open House London, Doors Open Days in Scotland, Open Doors Days in Wales and European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland.
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