Appeal to help celebrate cultural heritage

The organisers of this year’s Angus Heritage Week are appealing to building owners and event organisers to submit their entries by June 21.

Following the success of last year’s heritage week, the owners of culturally interesting or heritage buildings or gardens are being encouraged to open their doors between September 13 and 20 this year or as part of Doors Open Days, which runs over the weekend of September 14 and 15.

Councillor Mhairi Evans, Angus Council’s tourism spokeswoman, said heritage week offers a chance to showcase the best of the country’s cultural heritage.

She said: “We successfully piloted Angus Heritage Week last year attracting both the local community and visitors from out with Angus so we’d like to see it develop this year and in future years to become a major attraction for Angus.

“This year we aim to increase the number of exciting events and attractions involved across Angus as well as the number of people visiting the venues.

“Angus Heritage Week is a great opportunity to highlight your venue or organisation, as well as any heritage projects you may be involved in.”

Last year the popular programme featured more than 40 events including talks, guided walks and tours, children’s activities, music events, exhibitions and open days.

Doors Open Days is co-ordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and last year 19 Angus venues opened their doors allowing members of the public to see inside not only historic buildings, but also some unusual and contemporary buildings.

This year, to celebrate VisitScotland’s ‘Year of Natural Scotland’ campaign, ‘Open Gates’ will launch in Angus, featuring gardens and green spaces.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact 01307 473226 or e-mail blackg@angus.gov.uk by June 21, or submit venue or event details online at www.angusheritage.com/ahwevents. Further information is also available from Millie Clarke on 01307 473262 or by ClarkeM@angus.gov.uk. Details about Doors Open Days is also available from Kirsty Macari on 01307 473265 or by e-mailing MacariK@angus.gov.uk.