Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event.  It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days along side Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland. Both are supported by Historic Scotland. Area coordinators create and manage local programmes and work for a variety of local authorities, civic trusts and heritage organisations.

Doors Open Days first took place in Glasgow and Ayr in 1990 where it formed part of the European City of Culture celebrations.  The success of the event encouraged other areas to participate the following year and it has now grown to cover almost every area of Scotland. The event brings together people from all walks of life in celebration of the fascinating architecture that surrounds us and the stories that these buildings can tell.  Every year around 5,000 volunteers give their time to run tours, steward sites and organise activities.

The Doors Open Day Blog has been set up to bring you the best of the behind-the-scenes news during Doors Open Days 2014. This year’s blog’s guest editor is Yasmin Ali, an architectural journalist assisting the Scottish Civic Trust with Marketing Support on the Doors Open Days project. The blog will not only keep you up-to-date with all the latest Doors Open Days news, but will also give you an insight into what it’s like to volunteer as part of a national heritage festival.

If you’d like to contribute a post or photos email Yasmin here.