Cause for celebration

20stamp to celebrate 20 years

With more than ever venues, many new to the programme this year, there’s plenty to help celebrate this 20th year of Heritage Open Days!

Canbury Photography Studios and Kingston’s brand new Quaker Centre are just a couple of the newcomers, joining some returning properties like the timber-beamed Pizza Express building and old favourites Frederick Paine and the Cleave’s Almshouses.

There’s a rare opportunity to see inside the Old Post Office, you can learn more about the history of the Ancient Market Place as well taking a sightseeing cycle as part of this year’s Seething Trycyclingathon.  

It’s also perhaps fitting that it’s in its 20th year that Jennifer Butterworth, previous sole organiser of the Kingston Heritage Open Days and outgoing Chair of The Kingston Upon Thames Society, has been recognised by the National Heritage Open Days with an award for her significant contribution as a pioneer of the programme.

As there are two of us now, we’re only too well aware of quite what a Herculean effort it must have been.

And that’s worth celebrating.

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