Opening the door to heritage

HISTORY will come to the fore in Morpeth as the town becomes one of just three places in the country to organise a special networking event.

Heritage Open Days have been a big hit nationwide as each year thousands of properties invite the public to take a peek inside.

With this year’s event set to run for four days in September, it is hoped that even more will join in, with more volunteers planning and running events and more property owners throwing open their doors.

As part of the drive to increase participation, three networking forums are being organised on behalf of English Heritage.

The only one in the North East will take place at Morpeth Chantry on March 17.

The forum will include interactive sessions, time for questions and the chance for people to share ideas about events.

Greater Morpeth Development Trust Heritage Officer Tamsin Lilley said: “Past event organisers have told us they value the chance to meet others and talk about their experiences so the Morpeth event will focus on providing people with valuable networking opportunities and hopefully some new ideas for events in their own localities.

“Volunteers are essential to the success of Heritage Open Days in their own areas so we will be pleased to see people from right across the north east at the Morpeth forum.”

The event will run from 10.30am to 3pm. To book a place call 0844 335 1884 or visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk/organisers/workshops by tomorrow.