Heritage Open Days start this weekend!
Wed, 09 Sep 2020

Heritage Open Days - England's largest free annual festival of history and culture - will be delivering its local programme online in 2020.

From online tours of some of Hull and Beverley's most historic homes and gardens, to talks from the experts, residents can learn all about this year's Heritage Open Days from the comfort of their own home by visiting http://www.hullandbeverleyheritagecollection.co.uk/

Organised across England by The National Trust, Heritage Open Days (HODS) will run from Friday, 11 September until Sunday, 20 September. Around 40 buildings and gardens in the area can still open their doors to visitors, with Covid safeguards in place. Many of the guided walks can still take place, with bookings being taken by the tour guides.

This year's theme, Hidden Nature, will see tours of the outstanding collection of hidden walled gardens in Beverley. The new website enables people to discover more about each of the featured heritage buildings and companies, by providing links to each property's own website, the national HODS Directory and where available, video tours of the building.

The local Heritage Open Days programme is funded through the support of Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and over 40 local companies and organisations.

This year the Treasure House in Beverley is celebrating Heritage Open Days through a fascinating series of online videos giving virtual visitors a unique insight into the inner workings of the Treasure House linked to this year's national theme, 'Hidden Nature.' Many of the videos make reference to the natural world and how it relates to the Treasure House collections, or to the roles of members of staff who work with them. Other videos reveal the 'hidden nature' of how the Treasure House works behind the scenes.

The videos will include virtual tours of parts of the building not usually open to the public, as well as some behind the scenes snapshots of work being done on future exhibitions, close looks at artefacts from the collection stores, and interesting reveals into the work of the conservator for East Riding Archives and the learning officer for East Riding Museums. There's even a special Tiny Treasures Heritage Open Days video for virtual visitors aged under 5!

The videos will be available to watch throughout the festival from 11 to 20 September via https://www.eastridinglma.co.uk/heritage-open-days/

There will be a daily digest of selected videos released on social media, for bite-sized interest during the festival and to direct web users to the full set for those who are hungry for them all at once! Follow Beverley Art Gallery, East Riding Archives, and East Riding Museums on Facebook and twitter, using the hashtag #THHoD2020

For families with children who would like to visit the Treasure House for Heritage Open Days during normal opening hours between 11 and 19 September, there's a light-hearted, no-touch, socially-distanced Hidden Nature Family Trail to do. The trail can be downloaded to your phone from  https://www.eastridinglma.co.uk/heritage-open-days/  to avoid printing and contact, or picked up onsite at the Treasure House.

For more information, contact museumsth@eastriding.gov.uk or call 01482 392780

Beverley Minster will also be revealing its secrets through Heritage Open Days with tours and creative activities. Few people know about the secret gardens, the green men carved into the Minster stones or the graffiti left by the pilgrims and sanctuary men, but these secrets are now being revealed thanks to a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant towards the £700,000 costs of restoring the Minster's Lesser South Transept roof and telling the story of its fascinating medieval role in Sanctuary.

From Friday, 11 September to Sunday, 13 September 2020, discover the stunning Secret Garden, once part of the extensive Vicar's garden, and reflect in the beautiful Quiet Garden, part of the Quiet Garden Movement. Tours will reveal these two gardens, which are lovingly tended by local volunteers.

Tours of the newly re-opened Minster will focus on the many Green Men which gaze down on tourists and worshippers. The medieval carvings are full of hidden nature, including leaves, acorns and animals. Come and discover their secret meanings. Find out how the Green Man, once considered a pagan symbol, became part of Christian imagery.

On Saturday, 12 September, celebrate the medieval graffiti done by pilgrims and Sanctuary men with modern day urban yarn bombing. Join the community yarn bombing picnic in the church yard and plan your yarn graffiti for the October yarn bombing, which will take place between Saturday, 24 October and Saturday 31st. Bring a picnic, see original graffiti, and start your knitting or crochet.


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