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How we’re helping more people enjoy Bristol’s heritage

Historic England is helping to safeguard the future of the popular Doors Open Day in Bristol and help it to build on two decades of success.  A capacity-building grant to the Bristol Architecture Centre will allow the charity to expand Doors Open Day and use it as a springboard to inspire new audiences across the city, including schools and communities. 

Our funding will also help create many more volunteer opportunities as part of this popular event, and support the development of a new range of resources and activities so that people can enjoy and learn about their local heritage all year round.

This year's Doors Open Day, part of Heritage Open Days, takes place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016 and offers exciting opportunities to look behind the scenes at many venues across Bristol - all for free! 

Find out more about Bristol Doors Open Day.

Follow us on Twitter at @HE_SouthWest to keep up to date with all the latest news and pictures from the region.

Aerial view of historic Bristol's historic city centre
Aerial view of historic Bristol's historic city centre © Jon Craig Photos

Uncover the hidden stories behind the South West’s treasured historic places

Across the country Historic England is crowdsourcing knowledge and photographs for the official list of the nation's 400,000 most significant historic places. This is the first time in history the list has been opened up for public contributions and your chance to get involved.

Here in the South West we are asking you to share your images and information to discover the hidden history of:

  • Our historic towns and cities, particularly Plymouth, Exeter, Gloucester, Bristol and Taunton
  • Our iconic seaside towns, especially Bournemouth and Christchurch
  • The heritage of our two largest counties - Wiltshire and Cornwall

Some 99% of people in England live within a mile of a listed building or place and you can discover your nearest by searching the list using a postcode. With around 89,700 listed buildings and 7,300 other historic places in the South West there is bound to be one near you. By sharing your photos, old or new, and by telling the story of the people and events which have shaped the places we live in, you'll be part of a growing community of people getting involved in their local heritage.

You can see an example of a list description with a contribution here, on the entry for the Temple of Vaccinia in Gloucestershire,where Dr Edward Jenner performed his first vaccination against smallpox in 1796.

Once you've added your information please do let us know, you can share your entries with us on Twitter at @HE_SouthWest where you can also keep up to date with all the latest news and pictures from the region.

Training opportunities coming up in the South West

The Historic Environment Local Management (HELM) Training courses are free to attend for Local Authority, regional and national organisations' staff.

Listed below are the latest training opportunities in the South West.

  • An Introduction to Archaeology for Planners
    For planners to gain an understanding of the role of archaeology in the planning process.
    Thursday 15 September
  • Coastal and Marine Planning
    Essential for professionals who are involved directly with planning matters and project delivery within the coastal margin.
    Wednesday 12 October
  • Stopping the Rot
    Learn how to use the legal framework for enforcement, assess where action needs to be taken and which approach is most appropriate.
    Wednesday 9 November

For more information on any of the above courses contact the training delivery team on

You can find out more about HELM opportunities across the country here.

Follow us on Twitter @HE_SouthWest to keep up to date with all the latest training opportunities, news and pictures from the region.

Jenner Hut
The Temple of Vaccinia, Berkeley, Stroud, Gloucestershire © IoE132203

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