Mu­si­cal chairs at Lon­don’s mu­se­ums

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor - Cul­tural Cru­sader

ATHENA is a great fan of the an­nual cul­tural shindig Her­itage Open Days—or HODS as it’s af­fec­tion­ately, if in­el­e­gantly, of­ten called. The idea is a rel­a­tively sim­ple one. On the sec­ond week­end in Septem­ber, a wide range of his­toric build­ings and her­itage sites puts on spe­cial events and open­ings en­abling the pub­lic to ex­pe­ri­ence a great deal of her­itage that’s not nor­mally on view or to ex­pe­ri­ence fa­mil­iar her­itage in a new way—and all free.

This year’s temp­ta­tions in­cluded a visit to a Vic­to­rian cof­fin-maker’s fac­tory, a be­hind-the-scenes look at how the BFI con­serves its archival col­lec­tion and a great deal of bell ring­ing (Athena very much en­joyed climb­ing up to the bel­fry of St James’s, Bar­row-in-fur­ness). All in

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