Heritage Open Days Puts Mole Valley on the Map
From 13 to 22 September 2019 in celebration of 25 years of Heritage Open Days, Mole Valley will be contributing to the thousands of events taking place across England for Heritage Open Days
Heritage Open Days, England's largest festival of history and culture, has just got even bigger. Now in its 25th year, Heritage Open Days has expanded to 10 days.
In Mole Valley the finishing touches are being put to the event's programme which celebrates places, people and events that have put 'Mole Valley on the Map'. The theme also includes events that use maps to explain the physical development of our towns and villages. The national theme, 'People Power', looks at the influence of people from this area who changed the course of events locally or nationally, including the actress Sibyl Thorndike who gave her name to the theatre in Leatherhead 50 years ago, William Mullins who with other Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America on the Mayflower 400 years ago and Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the 'bouncing bomb' used in the Dambusters raid.
The full programme booklet for Mole Valley will be published in mid-July and will be available from local libraries, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) offices, Dorking Halls, Leatherhead Help Shop and Leatherhead Institute, amongst other places. Details of events on-line can be found at www.heritageopendays.org.uk.
Councillor Clayton Wellman, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Economy said: "Heritage Open Days represents a creative collaboration between voluntary bodies, commercial organisations and MVDC. It has enabled us for the past 25 years to celebrate the rich history and culture of Mole Valley. We are grateful to everyone who is working hard on the events programme and who will be welcoming visitors from near and far. The fascinating series of events tell a variety of stories that make Mole Valley unique and very special. With this year's 10 days of events, it is hoped more people than ever will be able to explore Mole Valley's heritage and appreciate just how much our district has to offer. Mole Valley District Council is proud and committed to continue to work with our partners to support Heritage Open Days, and continue to grow its success year by year."