Our lead partner and sponsor is Winchester College, who are also hosting eleven events of their own this year. We are also supported by Winchester BID, Hampshire County Council, Shentons, Winchester City Council, Carter Jonas and individual sponsors.
The core festival team are volunteers from the City of Winchester Trust, who also provide us with office space and support and we are joined at different times during the year by student volunteers from the University of Winchester and volunteers drawn from the local community.
There are also hundreds of organisations, businesses and volunteers who manage and promote their individual site openings and events, and it is thanks to their commitment and hard work that last year the festival attracted around 20,000 visits.
Nationally Heritage Open Days is coordinated nationally by the National Trust with support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. At grass roots level the festival is organised by over 2,000 organisations and some 40,000 volunteers who share a passion for places, history and culture. Jointly attracting over 3 million visitors, they make Heritage Open Days England’s biggest voluntary cultural event.