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    Heritage Open Days 2017 Registration is Open

    Press release - 17 Mar 2017

    Interested in hosting a Heritage Open Days event in Norwich or Norfolk? Event registration is now open!

    Event registration is now open to local venues, organisations and individuals wishing to be a part of this year’s annual four day heritage festival.

    Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every September, places across the whole country throw open their doors to celebrate their local heritage, community and history.

    The Heritage Open Days' programme in Norwich and Norfolk is coordinated by The Forum in Norwich and this year takes place on Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 September.

    Norwich and Norfolk offers one of the largest Heritage Open Days' programmes in the country attracting 60,000+ visitors. Last year, an amazing 247 heritage events took place in Norwich and Norfolk with plenty of familiar favourites along with some fantastic new and exciting interpretations of heritage and culture.

    There are just four criteria that Heritage Open Days events must meet:

    1. Entrance must be FREE!
    2. Events need to offer something special like opening a building or an area that isn’t usually open to the public, or offer free entry to a usually charging site or activity. Organisers might consider having volunteers on site to answer questions, run activities or a competition, invite a local group to showcase their work, and music and drama performances can bring a place alive!
    3. Events must provide some form of information as Heritage Open Days visitors want to learn something new; maybe a guided tour or talk, leaflets, an exhibition or a skills demonstration.
    4. The event needs to take place within the Heritage Open Days dates of 7 – 10 September, but it doesn’t have to be open on all days or even for a full day.

    Heritage Open Days is all about a once a year chance to enjoy our heritage and the history of places local to us, but 2017 introduces some themes which might help inspire new ideas for events. These include:

    • LGBTQ: To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, event organisers could highlight local stories from this community.
    • Heritage & Nature: Heritage Open Days is part of the wider European Heritage Days, which this year is celebrating the theme Heritage & Nature. Is there a green space event organisers could open up? Or, does a Norfolk village or town have a particular connection to nature that could be showcased?
    • 50th anniversary of conservation areas: Is there a local conservation area that could be animated? Or, a chance to look at how conservation works in a village or town?

    Cathy Eden, Heritage Open Days Coordinator at The Forum, Norwich, said: “The best thing about Heritage Open Days is that all the events are organised by people who feel passionate about local history. We’re always on the look-out for new ideas and events so please get in touch if you’re thinking about taking part this year. Heritage Open Days is a vibrant community festival that enables people of all ages to discover the hidden heritage right on their doorstep and try out new experiences - and it’s all for free!” 

    The Forum is working closely with the national Heritage Open Days team to deliver the Norfolk programme and local venues need to register their events via the national Heritage Open Days website www.heritageopendays.org.uk. The Forum offers support to Norfolk event organisers and produces and distributes the Norfolk Heritage Open Days brochure. Organisers must have registered their event(s) via the national Heritage Open Days website by 4 June 2017 to guarantee inclusion in the local Heritage Open Days brochure. 

    The Forum is supported by Norwich City Council and the Tourist Information Centre in the delivery of Heritage Open Days, both playing a key part in its delivery over past years.

    For further information on the national Heritage Open Days programme visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk For local enquiries about hosting an event or becoming a festival volunteer, please get in touch via hods@theforumnorwich.co.uk.

    For further information please contact Lindsey Roffe, Marketing & Communications Manager at The Forum on 01603 727950 email: lindsey.roffe@theforumnorwich.co.uk

    Notes to editors.

    About The Forum:

    • The Forum, in the centre of Norwich, is one of the UK’s most successful Millennium projects.
    • It’s a public building, open seven days a week, all year round (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
    • Everyone is welcome. Most of the public events, exhibitions and activities which take place at The Forum are free.
    • The Forum Trust is the independent, self-financing, charitable organisation which manages The Forum building.
    • It is responsible for The Forum’s continued development, growth and innovation.
    • The Trust works with many partners to ensure The Forum plays a valuable role in the community.
    • Details about the charitable ‘project purpose’ which under-pins The Forum are on the website 


    About Heritage Open Days:

    • Heritage Open Days is co-ordinated and promoted nationally by the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and run locally by a large range of organisations (including civic societies, heritage organisations, and local councils, community champions and thousands of enthusiastic volunteers).
    • Heritage Open Days is England’s contribution to European Heritage Days, taking place across 50 countries. Other events in the UK are Doors Open Days in Scotland (www.doorsopendays.org.uk); Open Doors Days in Wales (cadw.wales.gov.uk/opendoors/?lang=en); European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland (www.ehsni.gov.uk); Open House London (www.open-city.org.uk).

    About People’s Postcode Lottery

    • People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and globally

    • People’s Postcode Lottery is an External Lottery Manager and manages multiple society lotteries promoted by different causes supporting a range of charities. For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/society