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Her­itage Open Days is Eng­land’s largest fes­ti­val of his­tory and cul­ture, with over 40,000 vol­un­teers help­ing to throw open the doors to cel­e­brate their her­itage, com­mu­nity and his­tory. It was es­tab­lished in 1994 and last year’s fes­ti­val was the big­gest to date with 5,588 events, re­flect­ing the rich and di­verse cul­tural her­itage of Eng­land and its com­mu­ni­ties.

Span­ning the pub­lic, pri­vate and vol­un­tary sec­tors, the event en­cour­ages com­mu­ni­ties na­tion­wide to come to­gether to learn, ex­plore and have fun by shar­ing the trea­sures on their doorstep.

For the first time in its his­tory, Her­itage Open Days will take place over two con­sec­u­tive week­ends in Septem­ber. This year, in recog­ni­tion of the centenary of the Uni­ver­sal Suf­frage Act, there will be hun­dreds of events tak­ing place on the theme of Ex­tra­or­di­nary Women – fo­cus­ing on both well-known and less cel­e­brated women.

Her­itage Open Days presents an op­por­tu­nity to visit the new Kresen Ker­now project in Re­druth, Corn­wall’s new archive cen­tre which re­ceived £11.7m fund­ing from the Her­itage Lottery Fund. Kresen Ker­now will be an ex­em­plary mod­ern archive and li­brary space, bring­ing to­gether the world’s largest col­lec­tion of manuscripts, books and doc­u­ments re­lated to Corn­wall, as well as the Corn­wall Record

Of­fice, the Cor­nish Stud­ies Li­brary and the Corn­wall and Scilly His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Record, for the first time.

Kresen Ker­now will also safe­guard the his­toric Re­druth Brew­ery build­ing at the heart of the Cor­nish Min­ing World Her­itage Site in Re­druth.

There will be four hard-hat tours a day of the site as part of Her­itage Open Days on 14 and 15 Septem­ber. Pre-book­ing is es­sen­tial on 01872 323127.

Her­itage Open Days is also launch­ing a sec­ond Un­sung Sto­ries project. A ground-break­ing artis­tic col­lab­o­ra­tion, put her for­ward, will see the cre­ation of up to 25 new 3-D mod­elled fig­urines of present day Ex­tra­or­di­nary Women.

Visit her­ita­geopen­days.org.uk.

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