Goodbye (from us) to Open Doors

Many of those involved in the annual O­­pen Doors/European Heritage Days programme have been contacting us with enquiries about this year’s  programme, usually launched on 1st March each year. The Civic Trust for Wales has organised Open Doors since it began in Wales with 19 properties in 1994. In 2013, we were delighted to see the programme achieve 1,327 events at 412 sites across all local authority areas  in Wales. Enjoyed by local people and visitors alike, Open Doors is the largest free celebration of buildings and architecture in the heritage  sector and has made an important contribution to the rural economy of Wales.

We were in extended discussions with Cadw over a strategic way forward until last week but have not been offered a sum which would enable us to accept a contract. Over the years Open Doors has involved thousands of volunteers who gave of  their time and expertise to put together what has been a unique event. We are very proud of the success of the programme and the networks we have created but we feel the structure proposed would not enable us to give those involved the support they need and deserve. We understand that Cadw will now take the programme forward.

Cadw’s contact point is http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/opendoors/?lang=en 

We would like to thank all past participants and visitors to Open Doors for being part of what has been a most enriching experience. We have enjoyed working with you, and a range of varied organisations, and value the many friends that we have made through the programme. May we wish you all the very best for the future and for continued success in promoting the heritage of Wales.

The Civic Trust for Wales is currently planning future projects. We would like to keep in touch. Please let us know if you would like to be kept informed of the work of the Trust (post[@]civictrustwales.org) and we will add you to our mailing list.

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