Historic England Opens its Doors for Heritage Open Days

For Heritage Open Days 2018 we're opening up some of our sites and offices across England for behind the scenes tours and more.

Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth

Guided Tours

Guided tours of Fort Cumberland, described by Pevsner as 'Perhaps the most impressive piece of C18 defensive architecture remaining in England’. There will also be tours of the archaeological laboratories on Sunday 16th September only. Full Guided Tours details

  • Thursday 13 September: Tour 10:30 &14:00
  • Friday 14 September: Tour 10:30 & 14:00
  • Saturday 15 September: Fort Tour 10:30 & 14:00
  • Sunday 16 September: Tour 10:30 &14:00, Lab Tour 11:00 & 13:30

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Shipwreck! Access4All: Lab Tours for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors

This is your chance to see objects from some of England’s protected shipwrecks, discover how we research and conserve them, and try some of the science for yourself! Deaf and hearing maritime archaeology specialists will lead the tours, with BSL and lipspeaking support. Full Access4All tour details

  • 11:00 -12:30 for BSL users (numbers limited to 20)
  • 13:30 -15:00 for lipreaders (numbers limited to 20)

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Historic England Archive, Swindon

The Historic England Archive in Swindon will be open FREE on Saturday 8 September 11:00 to 15:00.

See how our state-of-the-art archive works behind the scenes. Explore collections of photos going back as far as the 1850s. Enjoy displays and activities illustrating women's history. Tour our historic building, once part of Swindon's railway works.

Archive Open Day Information

Immortalised, The Workshop, Lambeth

The Immortalised exhibition explores the ways people and events have been commemorated in England, by the statues, the plaques, shrines and murals that mark heroic, quirky, inspirational and challenging lives. But while some people are heralded, others are unrepresented: women, the working classes and people of colour are much less likely to have a place on the plinth.

An immersive exhibition, "Immortalised" invites you to enter four giant monuments that hold the key to our memorial past and future.

Visit Immortalised

Queens Square, Bristol

Friday 14 September
29 Queen Square, BS1 4ND

Unload the historic cargo of this impressive Georgian building, now the home of Historic England and English Heritage. From the opulent home of a slave merchant to a refuge for sailors, hear how the stories of this building tell the larger tale of a maritime city, on tours every half hour. Part of Bristol Open Doors.

Shrewsbury Flaxmill

Visit the world's first iron framed building, the grant-parent of the modern skyscraper, currently undergoing a £30m regeneration. On Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th guided tours will be available at regular intervals throughout the weekend, and there will be interpretation and displays on the history, structure and uses of the buildings.

In addition there will be an art exhibition, child friendly activities and other displays and entertainment during the weekend of 8 & 9 September.

Visit Shrewsbury Flaxmill

Heritage Action Zones

A variety of events are taking place in Heritage Action Zones, we'll be there to talk about what's happening.

Through Heritage Action Zones across England we are working with local people, partners and local authorities to help to breathe new life into old places that are rich in heritage and full of promise.


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