Midlothian Doors Open Day is going digital!

Midlothian Doors Open Day is going digital next weekend as part of Scotland’s biggest free festival of architecture.

Annual event

Doors Open Day is an annual, national event, which is going online this year in response to the Covid-19 outbreak – allowing even more people to enjoy local and cherished Scottish sites from the comfort of their own armchair!

History and architecture

Six local venues have signed up to offer virtual tours, online question and answer sessions and other information looking at the history and architecture of local buildings and their surroundings.

Local venues

From next Saturday, 12 September, you’ll be able to pay a virtual visit to Cousland Smiddy, Newbattle Church, Crichton Church, the Landmark Trust and the National Mining Museum. The Penicuik Heritage Regeneration Project, currently carrying out repair and restoration work in the historic town centre, is also taking part along with Penicuik Alliance Storehouse Project.

Across Scotland

Many other venues across Scotland will be participating online, providing content designed to inspire, educate and entertain anyone with an interest in buildings, their architecture and history.

Scottish Civic Trust

The national event will be hosted on the Doors Open Days website and is being organised by the Scottish Civic Trust with the support of local authorities, property owners and other organisations, including Midlothian Council.

Midlothian support

The council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Councillor Russell Imrie, welcomed the announcement that local venues would be taking part.

“Midlothian has always been a keen supporter of Doors Open Day, and this year is no exception – despite the difficult circumstances the pandemic has forced upon us,” said Councillor Imrie.

Unique heritage

“Organising a digital event is the right approach to take, and will allow us to introduce an even greater number of people to our unique heritage and fascinating local history.”

View online

Participating Midlothian venues will be available to view online from Saturday 12 September on the Doors Open Days website.

About Doors Open Days

Doors Open Days takes place across Scotland and is part of European Heritage Days. Due to COVID-19, Doors Open Days is going digital this year, offering virtual access to venues via webinars, question and answer sessions, 360-degree photo tours, virtual reconstructions of buildings and more.

4 Sep 2020