EVER wanted to uncover many of Scotland’s best-kept secrets about its buildings? I have!
A keen photographer with a background in communications, and an interest in architecture and buildings, I was in no doubt about where I wanted to volunteer – the Scottish Civic Trust before/during Doors Open Days.
Over the last six weeks, I have been involved in the social media output for Doors Open Days, which is coordinated nationally by SCT; Tweeting (@DoorsOpenDays) daily; and updating its Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dodscotland) status.
We invited followers to submit photographs of their favourite building and tell us why, as well as share their most interesting facts about buildings they have visited, which you can still do using #dodscotland.
Blogs, like this one, from local coordinators were also published. An avid Instagram user, I was delighted to see Doors Open Days launch their account on the photo-sharing platform.
During my time at Doors Open Days, we also celebrated Doors Open Days’ 5,000th like on Facebook, a number that continues to grow daily.
I felt a sense of pride each day as I arrived at the stunning Miller Street building – the Tobacco Merchant’s House – and worked on publicising the national event alongside project officer Frances Hendron and fellow volunteers Zach Claudino and Karlie Wu.
Through volunteering, I was lucky to access free training courses on social media and blogging with experienced heritage professional and creative practitioner Alison McCandlish (@CrenellatedArts).
I have learned many things, but one of the big surprises for me was discovering how many Doors Open Days events happen during the month of September – did you know that this year more than 900 venues open their doors?!
Of course, being a volunteer for Doors Open Days, I, naturally, attended events – a particular highlight was venturing into Andrew Muirhead & Sons at Dalmarnock Leather Works and seeing behind the scenes at the Glasgow leather manufacturers while learning of their huge international client base, which includes supplying leather for global airline giants Emirates, KLM and Ryanair!