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Inside Bristol: Twenty Years of Doors Open Day by Penny Mellor

Inside Bristol: Twenty Years of Doors Open Day by Penny Mellor

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Inside Bristol marks the twentieth anniversary of the highly successful Bristol Doors Open Day in which venues not usually open to the general public welcome visitors on one day each September. 28 buildings participated in the first such event in 1994, when the organisers were overwhelmed by the public’s enthusiastic response. Twenty years later, the event’s popularity continues to grow, with some 60 venues participating in September of each year.

In 2012 there were an extraordinary 50,000 visits. Over the intervening years, 180 different doors have opened. Venues have ranged in time from the third-century remains of a Roman villa to Bristol University’s Centre for Nano-science. Visitors have marvelled at behind the scenes in such venues as Bristol’s Museum and Art Gallery, peered down the tracks of the disused Clifton Rocks Railway, inched their way through Redcliffe caves and viewed the city from the top of some of its tallest buildings. 

78 pages, paperback

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