“Many councils across the country are celebrating Heritage Open Days by running events in important cultural buildings and green spaces."
Responding to Heritage Open Days, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, said:
“Many councils across the country are celebrating Heritage Open Days by running events in important cultural buildings and green spaces.
“Heritage sites and museums contribute to addressing local priorities by boosting economies, attracting visitors, developing workforce skills and fostering community cohesion, as well as improving health and wellbeing.
“They also play an important role in the regeneration of our town centres and high streets, which councils across the country are leading on.
“Councils are the biggest public sector investors in culture nationwide – they run around 350 museums and support many more - spending over £1 billion per year.
“It is vital that councils have long-term, sustainable funding to protect and unlock the value of heritage sites for their communities.”
Durham County Council
Durham County Council is providing access to 84 local heritage sites, including churches, railways, cottages, castles and even the brutalist structure Apollo Pavilion, which will play host to an illuminated, inflatable installation by local artist Steve Messam. They will give free entry to venues that usually charge and are providing tours that give glimpses into hidden places. Over 10 days, the council hope to educate residents and visitors about local history and culture.
Coventry City Council
Coventry City Council will be celebrating Heritage Open Days with more than 55 events, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy architecture, green spaces, music and tours to enjoy local history. Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council and Cabinet Member for events said: “Heritage Open Days is a great showcase for the city and every year the event in the city continues to grow.”
Guildford Borough Council
Last year, Guildford Borough Council had 91 events during the Heritage Open Days festival. This year, they will be giving visitors the opportunity to explore Guildford’s architecture and culture including their own gallery on the High Street, now in its 60th year, through a long list of guided tours, activities, talks and exhibitions.
- The LGA published ‘Making the most of your museums: a handbook for councillors’ in partnership with Arts Council England in July 2019.
- Historic England maintain a group of Cllrs as Heritage Champions – who are nominated by their authority - to protect the historic environment at a local level.