Call for hidden heritage gems in Broadland

Heritage Open Days

Published: Tuesday, 14th March 2017

Do you live or work in a building of historical interest in Broadland? Or perhaps you would like to showcase a part of your town or village?

The tourism department at Broadland District Council is looking for interesting new locations to feature in this year's Heritage Open Days programme.

Taking place from September 7th to the 10th, the annual event sees people visit more than 5,000 buildings across the country, helped by 40,000 volunteers.

Last year, 14 locations in Broadland took part in the Norfolk Heritage Open Days programme - offering excursions including open top bus tours around the former RAF Coltishall, a look inside the mausoleum on the Blickling Estate and a walk around the fine interiors of Georgian Catton Place.

New for 2016 were the Grade II listed Blofield Courthouse, Aylsham History Walk, the Berney Arms Windmill and Aylsham Parish Church: St Michael & All Angels.

Cllr Karen Vincent, Broadland District Council's Member Champion for Heritage said:

"This is a great chance for people to see Broadland's precious and hidden history. If there's somewhere in the district you have always wanted to visit or a building with a history you would like to share with others, then please let us know."

Sheila Merriman, of Aylsham Local History Society, which organised the Aylsham History Walk, said:

"It was lovely to be able to offer access to Aylsham's history to so many people. One of the concerns about organising a group event is, of course, Health and Safety.

"However, registering with the national organisation of Heritage Open Days meant that appropriate insurance was provided."

Heritage Open Days 2017 has three themes:

  • To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, organisers are looking to highlight local stories from the LGBTQ community.
  • European Heritage Days has the theme Heritage in Nature – to tie in with this is there a green space you could open up? Or does your town have a particular connection to nature that you could showcase?
  • This year is also the 50th anniversary of conservation areas. Is there a local conservation area you could animate? Or is there a chance to look at how conservation works in your town?

If you know somewhere in the Broadland area that would fit in with these themes or have a building you would like to put forward for this year's Norfolk Heritage Open Days, please contact Tourism Officer, Chloe Griffin, on 01603 430496 or email

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