How to get involved with Heritage Treasures Day

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What is #HeritageTreasures Day?

The National Lottery’s Heritage Fund has created a yearly campaign in which venues such as museums, cathedrals and gardens, across the country can share their stories via social media.

It is a celebration of the UK’s many beautiful heritage sites and a way for the public to support local organisations within the sector. 

This year Heritage Treasures Day is taking place on 11th January – check out last year’s highlights here. 

How can you get involved?

Simply share an image or post, using #HeritageTreasure and tag the Heritage Fund.  

This could consist of: 

  • Your favourite Heritage site to visit
  • Events and inspiration
  • Your organisation’s heritage story
  • A heritage collection
  • How funding has helped your organisation
  • A ‘Thank You’ to all your staff/volunteers, facilitated through innovative contactless fundraising methods that make it easy for visitors to contribute.

Heritage Treasures Highlights!

Sheffield's Botanical Gardens

Owned by the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust, this organisation looks to preserve the historic gardens, buildings and collections they’ve built throughout the years.  

As a registered charity, they rely on donations, grant funding and events to continue their important work. After securing a successful bid from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, they have been able to expand their educational capacity, supported by modern contactless payment devices to facilitate easy donations

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Durham Cathedral

This beautiful and historic building was built over 1000 years ago, with most of its original architecture still intact.  

Nowadays the Cathedral is open to the public, with events such as tours, exhibitions and concerts regularly taking place to fund the preservation of the historic site. 

The building is also used for church services, as part of the Durham Diocese, with a large Christian community frequenting either online or in person. 

Durham Cathedral

Worcestershire Museums

Worcester Museums are made up of three sites: The Commandary, Worcester Art Gallery & Museum and Hartlebury Castle. Each site has it’s own collections and exhibitions with regular events taking place for the public – both ticketed and free of charge.

As well as their on-site events, the Museums have now provided online exhibitions for the public to access via their website. A great way to widen their audience and share their collections!

#CathedralTreasures

Alongside the #HeritageTreasures campaign, English Cathedrals will be showcasing some of the country’s oldest and most cherished Cathedrals.

After wrapping up their latest campaign, ’50 Cathedrals in 50 Days’, they’re launching a competition to find ‘Britain’s favourite treasure’.
The competition will start on 11th January, to coincide with Heritage Treasures Day, with the top ten most popular treasures shared being short listed in order for you to vote for your favourite!

Follow along on TwitterInstagram and Facebook!

“Cathedrals are aesthetically more than just architecture: they are treasure houses of artefacts, sculptures and books.”

– Simon Heffer, The Telegraph

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