HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
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.