Planning Gets Underway for Heritage Open Days 2018

Heritage Open Days organisers across the Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen are invited to meet with the national manager of the festival, Annie Reilly when she visits the boroughs at the end of the month.

Blackburn organisers are invited to an information sharing event at The Making Rooms, Blackburn at 2.30pm on Wednesday 25 October organised by Blackburn BID Manager, Harriet Roberts. At 4.30pm there will be a meeting at Darwen Heritage Centre for Darwen organisers, coordinated by John East, Darwen Town Council. Earlier in the day, organisers and potential new coordinators in the Ribble Valley are invited to a meeting hosted by Cllr Maureen Fenton, Clitheroe’s Town Mayor and Tom Pridmore, Tourism and Events Officer at the Atrium Café, Clitheroe Castle at 11.30am.

The theme for the Heritage Open Days festival in 2018 will be Extraordinary Women, marking the 100th anniversary of the Universal Suffrage Act when some women finally gained the right to vote.

Annie explains, ‘Extraordinary Women will commemorate not just those who fought so hard to gain the vote, but the hundreds and thousands of other women who have changed our lives in large and small ways over time. We’re asking our organisers, volunteers and visitors to begin to think about women in your community, town or village that deserve to be recognised and celebrated.   Women who have achieved greatness in their field – or simply been a wonderful and supportive neighbour.  Women whose stories have never been told – until now.’

The meetings in Blackburn and Darwen are a chance to find out more about Annie’s vision for Heritage Open Days and for new organisers to find out how to get involved.

Heritage Open Days is coordinated centrally by the National Trust with funding from Players of Peoples Postcode Lottery. Over 5,500 free Heritage Open Days events took place last year in what has has become the largest grass roots celebration of culture and history.