It’s now September, which means Doors Open Days has officially started! Last week was the National Launch event so a few of us from the Scottish Civic Trust headed through to Paisley for an afternoon of festivities. The event saw Doors Open Days co-ordinators, staff from the Scottish Civic Trust and members of Renfrewshire Council gathering together to celebrate the official launch of the programme. Our hosts for the day were Paisley Abbey and the event was held in the beautiful cloister gardens. An official photographer was on hand to take some photographs of the event, but I also took a few behind-the-scenes snaps too.
Keeping us entertained were members of PACE, a local youth theatre and performing arts group, who were all dressed up and ready to introduce us to Renfrewshire’s Diabolical Diaries programme. Designed specifically for children and young people attending Doors Open Days, the Diabolical Diaries programme aims to guide our youngest festival participants through some of the district’s most gruesome buildings and stories. Make sure to pick up your copy of the Diabolical Diaries passport if you’re visiting Renfrewshire Doors Open Days on 14th – 15th September; as well as learning about witch trials, “Ringan the Warlock”, and the Society for the Protection of the Dead, if you collect 5 stamps from different buildings across the region you can claim a special certificate and gift from the Paisley Museum. Also at the launch were young people and staff from Spark of Genius, an organisation of education and care providers. Dressed as the Knights Templar, the group brought some horses along with them to complete the medieval look – just look at those fluffy manes!
In addition to our own National Launch, Doors Open Days has also been appearing in the press. Did you see the Evening Times article on the launch? Our DOD advert appears in the September/October issue of Homes & Interiors Scotland, keep your eyes peeled on page 109 and see if you can spot us! I’ve been spending the morning browsing through the magazine (at the same time as writing up this post – multitasking!) and everything in it looks beautiful. If you fancy winning a year’s subscription to Home & Interiors Scotland, remember to subscribe to the blog (in the sidebar) or sign up for our free eBulletin newsletter (you can do so on our homepage) as we’ll have details of a competition running very soon where you could win one of ten digital subscriptions. There will also be lots of other Doors Open Days competitions running throughout September, watch out for a blog post with the run-down later this week! Did you know Doors Open Days also works closely with Scottish Archaeology Month, who have lots of events running throughout September too? You can find out lots more about their events over on the Archaeology Scotland website.
Coming soon on the blog: competitions, DOD for kids, meet our volunteers and lots more.
Until next time,