In 2016 Harriet was appointed as freelance media manager for Heritage Open Days UK, an annual festival, driven by volunteers, funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery and managed by the National Trust. Having developed a successful local hub in her own area as a volunteer she is thrilled to be working with the London based team who recognised her passion and the experience she has gathered as a Heritage Open Days organiser at grassroots level since 2007.
She will be working with organisers of the 5000 events taking place between 8-11 September 2016 to help widen the diversity and creativity of the events and encourage more families and younger visitors.
Harriet met the Heritage Open Days team face to face for the first time in July 2015 when she was invited on a panel of organisers to share her experiences at the festival’s national launch at the Royal Institute of British Architecture. She had the opportunity to meet the Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, and representatives from across the heritage sector.
On her appointment to Heritage Open Days, Harriet said, “It was such an honour to be part of the launch event at RIBA and I’m thrilled to be now part of the team. I’m really happy to be able to bring my professional skills and passion together in this exciting new challenge.”
Katja Condy, Heritage Open Days Manager, said: “We are excited to welcome Harriet to our team. Heritage Open Days couldn’t happen without the passion and professionalism of our grassroots supporters, and Harriet epitomises just that. With her insights as a local Heritage Open Days organiser and her journalistic background, she’ll be a great asset for the festival.”