The Doors Open Days 2018 Launch at the Leaf Room, Dundee was a great success!

On Friday 10th August at 11:00, the national Doors Open Days 2018 programme launched at The Leaf Room, Ninewells Community Garden, Dundee.

It was a fantastic day full of sunshine, healthy fresh produce, yoga & zumba tasters, and even a lively pipe band! We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the launch of Scotland's largest free annual architectural festival. Doors Open Days is very thankful to those who attended our launch, our talented speakers, and The Leaf Room who helped to make this event a great success.

The Leaf Room was the winner of the Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Awards 2018. Jonathan Reeve, Architect of the Leaf Room, said: “To win a national award from the Scottish Civic Trust is an amazing achievement for a tiny building in Dundee, and a testament to the great team we worked with to produce such a superb little garden room.” As well as serving the community all year round, The Leaf Room will also participate in the Doors Open Days programme for Dundee in September. 

All over Scotland, over 1000 buildings will be open and free to enter, many of them not normally open to the public and some opening for the first time.  Castles, churches, mosques, museums, fire stations, offices, theatres and even a distillery are some of the buildings taking part this year.  Visit a Winery and Ciderhouse in Perth, a historic artists house in Angus, a “secret bunker” in Skelmorlie, a candle-factory in Glasgow, and Adam Smith’s birthplace in Kirkcaldy – there is something for everyone! There are talks, tours, heritage trails and plenty more events for all ages. 

Area coordinators create and manage local programmes and work for a variety of local authorities, civic trusts and heritage organisations. All the programmes can be found here.

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust.  It is part of European Heritage Days alongside Scottish Archaeology Month, which is coordinated by Archaeology Scotland.  Both Doors Open Days and Scottish Archaeology Month are supported by Historic Environment Scotland.  Doors Open Days 2018 is sponsored by Aberdeen Standard Investments and RIAS’s Festival of Architecture 2018.

Susan O’Connor, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust, said, “Doors Open Day is a fantastic opportunity for communities up and down the country to show off the best of their buildings. We’re thrilled with the range of architectural wonders on display this year and we can’t wait to enjoy as many sites as possible.”

Thomas Knowles, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “Historic Environment Scotland is proud to support the annual Doors Open Day initiative as it ticks all the right boxes for projects we consider for grant funding. Not only does the initiative share our values to promote public access to the historic environment, but it also delivers benefits for communities like driving visitation to, and developing knowledge about, properties and places not open year-round.”

Claire Drummond, Head of Charitable Giving at Aberdeen Standard Investments, said, “Doors Open Day satisfies the curiosity – and dare I say the nosiness – in all of us...Being a free event, which truly takes place across the whole of Scotland from Gairloch to Gatehouse of Fleet, it is an excellent opportunity for families to explore what’s on their own doorsteps. We’re proud to support Scotland’s largest free annual architectural event and wish Doors Open Day 2018 every success."

Diarmid McLachlan RIAS, President of the Dundee Institute of Architects (a chapter of the RIAS) said, "The celebration of Scotland’s architecture is the Incorporation’s business and we are very grateful to Scottish Civic Trust for their recognition of the Festival of Architecture...We hope this will help people across Scotland to become more confident about engaging with architecture and all aspects of the design of our public spaces.  That is what placemaking is all about."

We hope that you all have a great Doors Open Days next month - be sure to tag us on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #dodscot!