Heritage Open Days are an absolutely brilliant celebration of history and culture in the UK; days when historical spaces fling open their doors for public tours and talks.
Classic places like Ordsall Hall, the Working Class Movement Library and Agecroft Cemetery usually take part, and are doing so this year during the event which takes place between 7th and 10th September. But organisers are looking for community groups to organise their own happenings, to fit the All Our Stories theme this year.
"We're really keen to encourage new events, and to reach potential participants who may like to take part who perhaps aren't aware of the festival" state the Heritage Open Days organisers "With registration extended this year to 1st September, we're keen to give people a chance to actively take part this year – even if they don't have a building themselves."
Events can be anything from walks to talks, poetry readings, film screenings or raising awareness of a local building that needs restoring, or maybe saved from demolition...
...The Crown Theatre Eccles...the Crescent pub...the Dirty Old Town Ordsall Gasworks...loads of places in Salford come to mind that could do with a bit of heritage reminding...
All groups have to do is organise an event with public liability insurance in place, and register it with Heritage Open Days, which will then include it on a searchable list of Salford events (click here for details).
In the meantime, events already registered and happening can be viewed on the Heritage Open Days website – click here
"Salford's Heritage Open Days programme has something for everyone, from an eco refurbishment of a Victorian terrace on Hersey Street to the chance to join in with the community choir at Sacred Trinity" says Annie Reilly, Heritage Open Days Manager
"This year's theme is All Our Stories which celebrates the people and culture that make where we live special..."