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People Power

Theme for 2019: People Power

Dates: 13-22 September

This year we are celebrating 'People Power' – the ability of local communities, groups and individuals to evoke change.

In September, Heritage Open Days - England’s largest festival of history and culture - will celebrate its 25th anniversary, with thousands of free events taking place across ten days. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore places not normally open to the public, and learn more about the heritage on their doorstep. And for 2019, a special programme of ‘People Power’ themed events will focus on highlighting historic and contemporary communities, groups and individuals who have affected positive change; buildings saved, greenspaces created, friendships forged, campaigns fought and voices heard.

“Our 25th anniversary and our first-ever ten-day festival means Heritage Open Days 2019 is going to be an unforgettable year,” says HODs National Manager, Annabelle Thorpe. “And what better time to celebrate ‘People Power’ - something that is at the very heart of our unique festival. This September will see a more diverse and innovative array of events than ever before - proving that Heritage Open Days really does belong to everyone.”

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE. Partnership work is at the core of the programme's delivery allowing it to flourish as a unique joint-venture spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors. Nationally it is coordinated by the National Trust with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Locally there are hundreds of organisers spearheading thousands of volunteers to make each Heritage Open Day happen. 

With over 5000 events to explore from medieval mills to modern energy centres - what will you discover?