HAMPSHIRE History Trust (HHT) has announced bookings will open on August 9 for events in the 2022 Winchester Heritage Open Days (HOD) festival.

Heritage Open Days, a free national festival celebrating history and culture, will take place from September 9 to 18.

This year marks the seventh year that the Trust has supported the celebration of local heritage.

The upcoming programme includes over 100 events across Hampshire, in locations such as Alresford, Alton, Aldershot, Ringwood, Whitchurch, Romsey and Winchester.

The HHT has appointed a festival coordinator to help manage the Winchester events, with as many as 60 announced so far.

The theme for the 2022 festival is ‘Astounding Inventions’. Highlights include live demonstrations of ‘astounding foodstuffs’ at the Honesty Cookery School, behind-the-scenes insights at the Watercress Line railway, and talks and tours, like Winchester City Museum’s ‘Become an Inventor’.

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The full festival programme, along with booking details can be found online at www.winchesterheritageopendays.org.

Festival coordinator Laura Bennetts said: “I’m thrilled to join the HODs team and kick start my career in heritage, here in the city and county where I’ve had so many amazing experiences. I couldn’t pick a favourite HODs event- but this year, I’m especially excited to see the performance of Pedlars and Petticoats on the life of Hampshire-born inventor Hertha Ayrton Marks as part of the Astounding Inventions theme.”

The appointment of a festival coordinator reflects the growing momentum in HHT’s work to nourish Hampshire’s thriving local history scene.

Laura, 26, is a university of Winchester graduate, a Medieval Studies MA student, and a Custodian at the Great Hall, and has also played a key role in HHT’s Hampshire HistBites podcasts.

Alongside HODs, HHT’s year-round Hampshire Histbites podcast begin its eighth season, aiming to surpass 9,000 downloads.

Looking forward to this year’s festival, HHT chair Nicky Gottlieb said:

“We’re thrilled to have Laura onboard, and to open bookings for a 2022 HODs programme to be proud of. Hampshire’s heritage holds so much more history that we’re only at the start of playing our role in championing. There’s so much more to discover on our doorsteps.”

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