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2017 Heritage Open Day Success

The French Hospital welcomed over 300 visitors on 9 September for Heritage Open Day.

Heritage Open Days is the country’s largest heritage festival with around 5,000 events, over 40,000 volunteers and more than three million visitors taking part. Celebrating local history, architecture and culture, the event offers everyone the chance to see hidden places and experience something new – all of which are completely free to explore.

Visitors toured the main building to learn more about the fascinating history of The French Hospital, visited a flat and the private Huguenots’ Garden. Residents were on hand to share their Huguenot family history and a selection of homemade refreshments were on offer in the Common Room. Donations from the refreshments totalled £289 and will benefit our Residents. The Huguenot Museum also took part in the scheme this year and offered live spinning and weaving demonstrations throughout the day.

“The French Hospital has a fascinating story to tell and we were delighted to share this with our Heritage Open Day visitors. The event was a wonderful opportunity for them to see a working almshouse charity first-hand. Next year is a big year for The French Hospital — our 300th Anniversary. We are planning to take part in Heritage Open Day once again, with a special Huguenot Day on 15 September 2018, to mark this important milestone in our history,” said Vanessa Weddell, Head of Community Engagement and Fundraising.

The Heritage Open Days Scheme