Musical chairs at London’s museums
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