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Have you thought about opening your building to the public?

Date: 02/05/2008           Category: Tourism

Medway has a wealth of historic and interesting buildings. A number of these are open to visitors year round. However, one weekend every year, many hidden treasures – not normally open to the public – allow access to visitors as part of national Heritage Open Days. This year the open days are from Thursday, 11 to Sunday, 14 September 2008. Heritage Open Days are co-ordinated nationally by the Civic Trust in partnership with English Heritage. The event thrives on the enthusiasm and expertise of local people and gives owners, managers and volunteers a chance to share their knowledge of some fascinating buildings with visitors. The City of Rochester Society co-ordinates the opening of many buildings in historic Rochester. This year, as an added bonus, many of the buildings that are part of the proposed World Heritage Site are taking part. It would be wonderful if more, lesser-known properties could be shared with the public. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said “We believe that Medway could become one of the UK’s most active partiicpants in Heritage Open Days and are keen to highlight our wonderful and sometimes hidden heritage sites.” Owners, managers or volunteers interested in opening up their buildings should visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for information about what is involved or contact Esther Gill, English Heritage 07500 097957 for any advice. ends