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Doors Open Days first took place in Glasgow and Ayr in 1990 as part of the European City of Culture celebrations. 

The success of the event encouraged other areas to participate the following year and has now grown to cover almost every area of Scotland.  Around 1,000 buildings are expected to open during September, generating over 200,000 visits to sites and hidden architectural gems of all kinds in locations throughout Scotland.

Watch interviews with the original Doors Open Days Coordinators, John Gerrard and Michael Hitchon, to discover the good, the bad and the unexpected changes that have happened since the first Doors Open Days in 1990.