Architects are gearing up to help the public explore and enjoy the built heritage in their area as part of a new festival from Love Architecture and Heritage Open Days this autumn.
Festival events will be delivered in partnership with Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA) architects across the country and will include talks, tours and special events taking place across the Heritage Open Days weekend, which runs from 10-13 September.
Love Architecture (The Royal Institute of British Architects’ public engagement programme across England) and Heritage Open Days (the largest heritage festival in the UK, managed by the National Trust) will be working together to bring the stories of the nation’s buildings, past, present and future to the public.
Katja Condy, Heritage Open Days manager, National Trust, said: “Heritage Open Days is about growing people’s love for special places in their area, with an army of 40,000 volunteers opening more than 4,500 sites of every style, age and function free of charge. Linking up with RIBA’s ‘Love Architecture’ strand is a fantastic opportunity for Heritage Open Days to build on its current success as the biggest grassroots architecture showcase in the country.”
Love Architecture was born as a national architecture festival in 2012 and has since evolved to become an umbrella for a range of architecturally-themed activities across England. These activities engage the public in exploring and understanding more about the places, buildings and spaces where they live – in line with the RIBA’s mission to champion better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and its members.
Since 1994 Heritage Open Days has grown into the nation’s most popular heritage festival with more than 4,600 events attracting some three million visitors over four days each September; the National Trust is committed to promoting the importance of local heritage by taking a leading role in Heritage Open Days.
For more information about Heritage Open Days festival events in your area go here.