Hidden Nature video series a success during Heritage Open Days

The ‘Hidden Nature’ video series was one of the first ever digital events taking part in England’s largest annual festival of history and culture


Annually in September

During this year’s Heritage Open Days Bradford Cathedral released a series of online videos that highlighted the ‘Hidden Nature’ within its buildings and grounds.

Click here to catch-up with all the videos.

The videos included a look at animals hidden in and around the cathedral, in the windows, tapestries and stone work, including snakes, a pig and the famous Bradford Boar. There were also videos filmed during dawn and dusk at the cathedral, as Bradford Cathedral delivered digital ‘Heritage Open Day’ events for the first time, reaching new audiences that normally wouldn’t be able to take part.

As well as the videos Bradford Cathedral updated its ‘Tranquillity Trail’ walk, a quiet loop that covers nearby locations such as Peel Park and Undercliffe Cemetery.

Though on-site events weren’t held this year in the Cathedral, visitors were able to explore the building daily, during limited opening hours, to see the ‘hidden nature’ they’d discovered in the videos.

Annie Reilly, Head of Producing at Heritage Open Days says:
“Creating the festival this year required us all to adapt, whether that was embracing digital options or implementing new safety measures on-site. It’s a real credit to the enthusiasm and dedication of our organisers, volunteers and everyone involved that we’ve been able to share over 1,700 stories, places and experiences, in a year where feeling part of a community has never been more important.”

Look out for more information soon about plans for Heritage Open Days in 2020, where we’ll welcome you into the cathedral for brand new events, alongside an even bigger digital offering.

In the meantime, you can watch back to this year’s videos using the link above.

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