Norwich HEART is calling for new venues, organisations and volunteers to take part in Heritage Open Days (HODs), which runs from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September 2015. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the national free heritage event, and the 11th for which HEART has co-ordinated events locally.
HODs is England’s largest and most popular voluntary cultural event, celebrating the country’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to events and interesting properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. The annual programme includes open buildings, guided tours, exhibitions, talks, family activities, music recitals and re-enactments.
This year’s national HODs campaign theme is ‘Do Something New’ with a focus on refreshing, reinvigorating and reinterpreting local HODs locations, sites and events. HEART would love to hear from venues and organisations who haven’t taken part before, or from anyone with an idea for organising an event for inclusion in the 2015 HODs programme.
HEART is also appealing for HODs volunteers who make such a big difference in the success and delivery of this fantastic weekend celebration of local heritage. In 2014, HEART’s dedicated army of volunteers played a huge part in making the Norwich and Norfolk HODs weekend the UK’s second largest outside of London.
Last year, HEART’s HODs booking team dealt with a record number of bookings for local events – a staggering 1,261 in total and 38 very special volunteers helped across a variety of roles from bookings to brochure distribution, photography to stewarding and being HODs ambassadors.
Jo Archer, HODs Project Lead at HEART, said: “We are very excited about this year’s HODs and already the programme is looking more impressive than ever. Last year HEART coordinated 226 free events across Norwich and Norfolk and we are hoping to develop this further by appealing to new venues and organisers for 2015. If you know of a heritage gem that the public never gets to see, please get in touch and we can work together to help make it accessible for this one very special weekend in September.”
If you are interested in organising an event please contact Carrie-Anne Elsden by Wednesday 29 April by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01603 305575 or write to Carrie-Anne Elsden, Norwich HEART, The Guildhall, Gaol Hill, Norwich NR2 1JS. Events must be free to attend but all necessary insurance, and full publicity will be provided by HODs and venues can fundraise during events, for example by holding plant or cake sales. If you are interested in volunteering then please make contact via email@example.com
For more information about previous Heritage Open Days organised by HEART see www.heritagecity.org/hods.
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