Prize Winner's Shopping Spree
And the winner is...
Last year one lucky visitor had the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend at a Doors Open Days venue of their choice; all they had to do was fill out our visitor experience questionnaire!
Our wonderful winner Catherine had this to say about her festival experience:
'I find important to connect with history as often as possible - using the Doors Open Day program was a great excuse for me to connect to my local history this year. It was obviously a tough year for us all - and having the opportunity to engage with historical sites online in a new interesting way - along with the sites gaining new international audiences was important to me, and I think to others.'
Enjoying Doors Open Days from home has encouraged Catherine to play tourist and visit more sites in 2021:
'It was a unique look at some hidden places (hidden even from locals). I look forward to seeing more from the Doors Open Days sites next year, as the sites really have made great effort with their online programs (Surgeons Hall in particular). Once things are open again in person fully - I plan on playing tourist again and I’ll make it my mission to see all the Doors Open Days sites from the list - you have inspired me.
Thanks again for making the program so accessible. And for all you do to keep regular people like myself engaged in history - both local history and Scottish history.'
When we contacted Catherine to let her know the good news, she chose support a local business, spending her voucher at the National Museum of Scotland.
National Museum of Scotland
Claire Allan, Engagement Manager at National Museums Scotland had this to say about their longstanding involvement with Doors Open Days:
“Each year, Doors Open Day offers us the chance to welcome new audiences to our museums, as well as to offer visitors who are already familiar with us the chance to see our spaces in a new light. This year, visitors to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh were able to take part in a self-guided tour to learn more about the architecture of the museum, from the Victorian splendour of the Grand Gallery to our Scottish galleries, the design of which was influenced by both medieval castles and the Modernist architect Le Corbusier. Those unable to visit the museum in person could explore its galleries from home on Google Street View. At the National Museum of Flight in East Fortune, entrance was free for the whole weekend, and we were delighted to welcome over 2,000 visitors over the course of two days.”