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 email@example.com or telephone 01603 727989. For information on the national Heritage Open Days programme visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.
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