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Norwich Heart, Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust


Call for volunteers to take part in 2015’s Heritage Open Days

Friday, 10th July 2015

Call for volunteers to take part in 2015’s Heritage Open Days Call for volunteers to take part in 2015’s Heritage Open Days

Norwich’s Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is calling for volunteers to take part in Heritage Open Days (HODs), which runs from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September 2015.


HEART are seeking volunteer office assistants, event stewards, photographers, social media assistants, festival ambassadors, and even models for a vintage fashion show at Norwich’s Guildhall.


Last year, HEART’s dedicated army of volunteers played a huge part in making the Norwich and Norfolk HODs weekend the UK’s largest outside of London. The HODs booking team dealt with a record number of bookings for local events – a staggering 1261 in total – and 38 very special volunteers helped at HEART’s headquarters in The Guildhall across a variety of roles, from bookings to brochure distribution, photography to stewarding, and being HODs ambassadors.


Volunteering during Heritage Open Days is perfect for those who want to get to know the Fine City better, update their skillset, or simply want to share their love of heritage.


HODs is England’s largest and most popular voluntary cultural event, celebrating the country’s fantastic historical 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.


2015 marks the 21st anniversary of the national free heritage event, and the 11th for which HEART has co-ordinated events locally.


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. But all these 100% free to attend events are only possible with support from a legion of volunteers each year. Do something different – support the Heritage Open Days festival in Norwich and the surrounding area, and become a volunteer!”


If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please make contact via


For more information about previous Heritage Open Days organised by HEART see, or follow HEART on Facebook and Twitter.