Established in the early 1994, the Heritage Open Days is an England’s way of contributing to the European Heritage Days by celebrating the regions culture and much more through the festival.
The Council of Europe and European Commission set up the Europe Heritage Days in 1991 to raise awareness and appreciation of the rich and diverse Europe’s cultural assets as well as the need for care and protection for posterity.
The central principle behind the days was simple and compelling. They would throw open all the doors to historic buildings and monuments especially those that are normally closed to the public. Currently, they are held in September in almost 50 signatory states to the original European Cultural Convention.
The 20th anniversary of the Heritage Open Days was held at The Freemason’s Hall in 2014. The day was marked with celebrations and recognized some of the special people and organizations that make it happen across the country.
This Year’s Celebration
This year’s Heritage Open Day celebrations will be from 6th to 9th and 13th to 16th September. The event has expanded from the initial 701 events to more than 5,000, with much more expected this year.
This large festival hopes to bring together more than 2,500 organisations, more than 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers as they continue to flourish the rich and diverse cultural heritage of England.