Over 80 buildings of historical significance across Northumberland are to be opened to the public, free of charge, as part of Heritage Open Days 2012.
Northumberland County Council has produced a leaflet giving details of the different events and locations. The leaflet is now available from libraries, tourist information centre, leisure centres and council info centres across the county. The leaflet can also be downloaded from the council’s website www.northumberland.gov.uk/open .
Heritage Open Days, which is in its 8th year, is a national event aimed at celebrating England’s heritage, history and culture and is taking place from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 September.
This is a rare opportunity for residents and visitors of all ages to see some of the county’s hidden heritage treasures.
The event is not just aimed at heritage enthusiasts; Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event. With visitor numbers last year reaching 1.7 million visitors, an all-time high, this year is sure to be a huge success.
Events are being held for people of all interests including talks, tours and exhibitions at venues as diverse Kielder Observatory, Morpeth Castle and Seaton Delaval Hall.
Councillor Neill Bradbury, executive member for customer relations and culture said;
“Heritage Open Days provide a chance to catch some of the county’s fascinating buildings and architecture at their finest. Northumberland is steeped in history and some of the most remarkable buildings and grounds that are being opened to the public over the weekend date back hundreds of years.
The event provides a fantastic and free opportunity for people to find out more about the intriguing heritage that is right here on our doorstep. I would encourage people to take advantage and get involved in any capacity they can, be it participation, volunteering or visiting.”
The event is being coordinated locally by Northumberland County Council. The national scheme is being run by the National Trust, Civic Voice, the Heritage Alliance and supported by English Heritage.
Heritage Open Days would be unable to be undertaken without the help of a great many enthusiastic volunteers and community groups.