European Heritage Days 2018 - Celebrating the Art of Sharing

Doors Open Days is a part of European Heritage Days, and we are proud to announce the launch of this initiative.

The European Heritage Days (EHDs), a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, are the most widely celebrated participatory cultural events shared by the citizens of Europe.

The pan-European nature of this project contributes to bringing citizens together and highlighting the European dimension and the value of cultural heritage in the 50 signatory States of the European Cultural Convention. Over 70,000 events are organised every year in order to help raise awareness of Europe's common heritage and the continuous need for its protection, as well as to promote inclusiveness and foster creativity and imagination.


As one of the key initiatives of 2018’s European Year of Cultural Heritage, this year’s edition of the #EHDs is celebrating “The Art of Sharing.” The European Year of Cultural Heritage aims to encourage people to explore Europe's rich and diverse culture, to reflect upon and protect its unique value.

Doors Open Days celebrates "The Art of Sharing" in the way that we share Scotland's fascinating buildings with both locals and visitors, giving them access to areas they may not have otherwise; and participating buildings share our country's diverse cultural heritage through different events such as talks and walks. Here are a couple of examples on this year's Doors Open Days programme that share their knowledge about Scotland with others.


Inverness Masjid - Open for Doors Open Days in Inverness on Saturday 1st September, 10:00-18:00

Inverness Masjid Association purchased the building in Portland Place in Inverness in 2014 and have turned it into a Mosque, community gathering place and an Islamic education centre for the Highland wide community.

Inverness has a small Muslim community - approximately only 1% of the total Inverness populations - and the Inverness Masjid in Portland Place is the most northerly Mosque in the United Kingdom.

Islam is the universal religion of more than one billion people from every race and nationality, and it is the fastest growing religion in the world today. Islam is a religion which guides its followers in every aspect of their lives, spiritually and practically; it is a way of life.


At the open day, visitors will be able to look around the centre and talk to those who use it and follow Islam - not the Islam portrayed in the media but the one lived by the vast majority of Muslims.


Live classical and jazz music at the home of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland - Open for Doors Open Days in Glasgow on Sunday 16th September, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, and 15:00 (Concerts last for 15-20 minutes, no booking required)


Enjoy live music in a chamber setting at the home of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. Experience the future of classical and jazz music in Scotland performed by the country’s finest young musicians.

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland is unique in providing a complete orchestral experience for its students aged between 8 and 25, through its comprehensive pathway of orchestras, jazz bands, training ensembles and an ever-expanding outreach programme.

Our ensembles inspire audiences with their outstanding skill, youthful energy and panache. Audiences marvel at the powerful sound of our large-scale orchestras, appreciate the intimacy of our smaller chamber ensembles and delight in the fresh and uplifting performances given by our jazz bands.

Cousland Smiddy and Heritage Hub - Open for Doors Open Days in Midlothian on Saturday 8th September 10:00-16:00

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There has been a working Smiddy in Cousland since 1703. When the local blacksmith retired in 1989, the Cousland Smiddy Trust was set up to save the Smiddy; as one of the last still working in Scotland. In 2001 the Smiddy complex and its gardens were purchased by the Trust and are now open to the public regularly throughout the summer months and group bookings are welcome.F

For Doors Open Days and to celebrate 100 years of 'The Rural' in the village, there will be a Cousland Scottish Women's Rural Institute (SWRI) Centenary Exhibition in the cottage and 'retro' activities to try: carpet beating, butter churning, granny's wash-day, horse shoe quoits and more! 

There will also be blacksmithing demonstrations throughout the day from resident smith, Sean Cockburn, and the opportunity to purchase items made at The Smiddy, as well as home-baking and local produce.