When the details of HODs 2018 are finalised they will appear here.
Heritage Open Days (HODs) is England’s biggest grassroots celebration of our heritage, depending on the help of over 40,000 volunteers. Currently co-ordinated by the National Trust, HODs “showcases buildings and hidden histories in our communities”. Properties and tours must be offered free of charge. From the very first year, 1994, Chester Civic Trust and the local authority, with other local societies such as the Blue Guides in support, have organised HODs, at first in Chester and lately in the wider region of Cheshire West and Chester (CWAC).
Our work is to liaise with the owners of buildings and the tour guides who volunteer their properties and services to HODs. As the geographical area covered by the local authority has increased from Chester to Cheshire West and Chester, so with the help of local history groups and volunteers, we have brought new buildings and events into HODs.
The HODs booklet contains details of almost 100 properties and events. This attractive brochure is now designed and printed by CWAC. With 12,000 copies distributed each year, the HODs booklet is effective marketing material for Chester Civic Trust. Inside the front cover is an invitation to all those who share our interest in the heritage and future development of Chester to join the Trust. Bishop Lloyd’s Palace is the first property listed and visitors are welcomed by Civic Trust volunteers with tours of the building and an opportunity to take refreshments and to learn more about our work.
The Committee warmly welcomes offers to extend the outreach of HODs. We need help to increase our buildings or tours, especially in the areas outside Chester and Northwich. During the summer, we welcome volunteers to take the HODs booklets out to the hotels, cafes, garden centres and village halls in the local area.
Christine Stockton HODs