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CHAC goes digital for Heritage Open Days this September!

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This year, our Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) is going online for one of the first ever digital events to take part in England’s largest annual festival of history and culture, giving you the opportunity to explore some of the hidden gems housed there.

The online tour, filmed and designed exclusively for the Heritage Open Days festival and expertly guided by Heritage Co-ordinator, Joseph Lewis, gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the CHAC from the comfort and safety of your own home.

A digital programme for Heritage Open Days has been created and CHAC have produced their online tour based around the theme of “Hidden Nature” including objects linked to the Yeovil area from the collection.

This event is also part of this year’s national theme, Hidden Nature, which is encouraging everyone to discover the nature that exists on their doorsteps. Led by the Joseph, participants will get an in-depth look at the wildlife and the hidden history of Yeovil, including a look at The Angel Inn panel from the early 17th century.

Responding to the unique circumstances of 2020, this is the first year that Heritage Open Days has included digital events. “We have seen some ingenious approaches to culture going digital recently, and we’re excited by the potential for Heritage Open Days, not least of all because so many more people will be able to experience the festival regardless of where they are in the country”, says Annie Reilly, Head of Producing at Heritage Open Days.

CHAC are making the most of the new digital options available, with this behind-the-scenes tour, opening areas of the building which cannot otherwise be accessed by the public at the moment. The twelve minute video will be viewable on our Facebook account and also on our YouTube account from Monday 14 September.

Councillor Mike Best, SSDC’s portfolio holder for Health & Well-being, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has put a stop to many things, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think of innovative ways to let the public partake in festivals such as the Heritage Open Days event. CHAC houses a vast array of items in its collection and the video shows just a few of the hidden treasures to be found. We hope you enjoy our fascinating video tour and spot some more hidden nature items on the shelves of CHAC. We will be taking learning from our CHAC tour to other sites that we own and manage, so watch out for online tours at Ham Hill and Ninesprings soon”.

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture; in 2019, over 5,700 events welcomed more than 2.4 million visitors across the country. Heritage Open Days is coordinated and promoted nationally by the National Trust with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Every single Heritage Open Days event is free, including access to many sites that usually charge for admission. For details and opening times, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.

Heritage Open Days run from the 11-20th September this year.

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