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We are pleased to announce that the winner of the national Heritage Open Days Photo Competition is Jason Brodie-Browne, for more information click the photo.



Dates for NEXT YEAR 13th to 22nd  September 2019

Yes, 10 days of free heritage events! 

Put the dates in your 2019 diary now !

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HODS: The Future

A message from the national team at Heritage Open Days

Next year, Heritage Open Days will be 25 years old* – the perfect opportunity to reflect on and celebrate all that we, our organisers and volunteers have achieved.  But it’s also time, we feel, to take stock of where we are now, and ensure our festival continues to go from strength to strength over the next quarter of a century.

We’re beginning that process now, starting with a brand consultation that explores every aspect of how we look, sound and feel.  We’re thrilled to be working with Hemingway Design (many of you will know Wayne’s work from Red or Dead, Festival of Making, Dreamland and numerous Vintage Car Boot Sales), and they – like us – are keen for the widest cross-section of people to take part.  Whether you are a regular HODs visitor, a first-timer this year, or have yet to visit an event, we want to hear from you.

The first stage is an online survey, which you can access here: www.yourhods.co.uk

We want to make clear that nothing will change immediately – next year’s festival will remain exactly as it always has.  What happens after that is very much open to debate, but although certain aspects of how we look and feel may change, the central ethos of Heritage Open Days – a free festival that allows local communities to explore and share their histories – will remain exactly the same.

We’re hugely excited by this opportunity to ensure that Heritage Open Days is in the best possible shape going forward, and very much hope you will be a part of the consultation process.

A message from your local team in Gosport

* Yes, we know that the very first pilot events in the Country were held in Gosport in 1992, so we’ll be 27 years old next year!



We try to add some new and interesting heritage events each year, whilst still retaining the ever popular oldies like HMS Sultan.  We’d love to hear your ideas for potential new events.  Share your thoughts with us and we’ll try to make it happen.



Are you interested in helping with Gosport Heritage Open Days?  Our friendly local team are planning the programme throughout the year so we need more volunteer helpers now (or whenever you have time)!volunteer logo

For more information on positions available click the volunteer logo or complete this online form or download as a word document.




For some great photos of Gosport Heritage Open Days 2018 click this photo






Here’s a short film that Media students from St Vincent College made in 2017  to give a flavour of Heritage Open Days in Gosport.

Also, find out how St Vincent College are reviving cinema in Gosport with their ‘Ritz @ St Vincent’ film showings in their theatre.

Full details at https://stvcinema.wordpress.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/stvcinema/









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