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    Norfolk Heritage Open Days festival needs you

    Press release - 10 Aug 2017

    The 2017 Heritage Open Days (HODs) festival takes place 7 - 10 September and with over 270 venues already signed up, it’s another record-breaking year.

    The festival is organised by The Forum in Norwich and they’re on the search for volunteers to help with various roles in the lead up to and during the four-day event.

    HODs is England’s largest and most popular cultural event. It is largely run by volunteers and celebrates our fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to events and interesting properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

    Visitors can enjoy open buildings, tours, exhibitions, talks, walks, workshops, family activities and performances and get to see behind the scenes at museums, tourist attractions, private homes, churches, cathedrals, shops, pubs, offices and workplaces.

    The Forum is looking for volunteers to help fulfil a number of roles including event ambassadors, stewards and photographers. Further support is needed with event social media, distributing brochures and conducting visitor surveys at events.

    Cathy Eden, Heritage Open Days coordinator at The Forum said: “We’re looking for friendly, enthusiastic volunteers with an interest in local communities, heritage, history and architecture to join our team.  In return, we guarantee a supply of good cheer, tea and biscuits, the chance to improve and acquire skills, meet new people and be part of a fantastic nation-wide cultural event. If you can spare a few hours then we’d love to hear from you.”

    This year, The Forum is going to be packed full of HODs fun. There’s a family Heritage Hunt around the city which starts from the Atrium, a wonderful interactive Gallery exhibition and a packed series of talks and workshops both in the Auditorium and in the Millennium Library. Volunteers will be able to get involved with these activities at The Forum and at other events local to them across the city and the county.

    The HODs programme in Norwich and across much of Norfolk is coordinated by The Forum with support from Norwich City Council and Norwich Tourist Information Centre. The programme is also delivered in partnership with Breckland Council, Broadland District Council, Thetford Town Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, South Norfolk Council, Visit North Norfolk and many local organisations and individuals. 

    For further information on volunteering opportunities please email Cathy Eden via hods@theforumnorwich.co.uk or telephone 01603 727989. For information on the national Heritage Open Days programme visit www.heritageopendays.org.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 theforumnorwich.co.uk/about-the-forum/project-purpose 

    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 (http://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