An event that has helped us all to understand our historic environment a little more has been rescued by English Heritage
Heritage Open Days to continue in North West after takeover
May 19 2009 Liverpool Daily Post
Heritage Open Days to continue in region after takeover
HERITAGE Open Days, the annual season that opens up hidden architectural gems to the public, will go ahead this year, after fears there would be no more.
The event has been taken over by English Heritage after previous operator the Civic Trust went into administration.
Heritage Open Days is England's biggest voluntary cultural event. More than 3,500 historic and unusual buildings open their doors to the public for free and put on tours and events during the second weekend in September – this year from September 10 to 13.
No Merseyside locations have yet been announced, but last year, they included a walking tour of Liverpool’s Georgian heritage and rare chances to see inside Fir Tree Farm, at King’s Moss, near Billinge, which dates from 1704, St Mary’s Lowe House, known as “the Cathedral of St Helens”, and Ince Blundell Hall. The Athenaeum club has also featured.
English Heritage previously helped the Civic Trust to fund and operate Heritage Open Days, but last night announced their ownership of the event.Steven Bee, director of planning and development at English Heritage, said: "We can reassure all those who like to take part in Heritage Open Days that it will happen this and every year – and we look forward to an excellent weekend of events.
“Heritage Open Days is an important cultural event and we are very grateful for the continued support of all the volunteers across England."
Katja Condy, Heritage Open Days manager, said: "When the news of the Civic Trust's demise broke a month ago, it put a huge question mark over the future of the event. We are greatly relieved the programme has found a new home.”
Maybe alll the negative publicity from the recent BBC programme will make English Heritage work a bit harder, and this is the first result.
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