Gloucester Civic Trust Press Release. September 21, 2016 by Hugh Worsnip.
MORE and more people are coming to Gloucester for the Heritage Open Days.
Figures released by the National Trust show that only Norwich had more events than those organised by Gloucester Civic Trust as part of the countrywide, four day, annual celebration, pushing Oxford into third place.
The Gloucester Civic Trust’s Council of Management was told that talks and musical events attracted some 500 people, while those going on guided walks was more than 200 up on last year at 756.
A new event, which was very well received, featured the Rococo Players, in period costumes, touring historic buildings in the city centre to act out the roles of famous Gloucester characters.
Paul Drinkwater, the trust’s HOD co-ordinator, said: “Counting historic buildings not usually open to the public and stewarded by trust members, the visitor numbers totalled 3,762. In addition a further 20 historic buildings were opened by their occupiers, plus 14 churches and 20 historic inns.
“It was satisfying to receive so many positive comments from visitors and 31 people actually wrote down their appreciation.
“The open days only work because of the willingness of Civic Trust members who give their time for free. We had 42 qualified guides on duty leading 18 different walks on 61 occasions over the four days.
“ We have a wonderful 2,000 years of history and we have a duty to preserve it and make as many people as possible aware of it.”
During the Open Days and the History Festival more than 40 people joined the Gloucester Civic Trust, bringing the total membership to about 430.