Doors Open Days is Scotland’s largest free festival that celebrates heritage and the built environment. It offers free access to over a thousand venues across the country throughout September, every year.
The aim of Doors Open Days is to ensure that Scotland’s built heritage, new and old, is made accessible to people living and visiting the country on weekends in September.
It is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days along side Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland (formerly known as the Council for Scottish Archaeology). Both are supported by Historic Environment Scotland.
Information about the national programme, including event listings, can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk.
2019 Programme Highlights
The Aisle marks the largest and best endowed hospital in medieval Scotland and has been the focus of a unique archaeo-medical investigation since 1986. At 1200 ft. altitude this was the highest monastery in the British Isles – with magnificent views... so dress warmly!
A new museum for Dalkeith has been provided in the restored and repaired Corn Exchange, designed to showcase the unique collection of local artefacts that the Dalkeith History Society has collected over the last 40 years.
Cousland Smiddy and Heritage Hub
There has been a working Smiddy in Cousland since 1703. When the local blacksmith retired in 1989, the Cousland Smiddy Trust was set up to save the Smiddy; as one of the last still working in Scotland. In 2001 the Smiddy complex and its gardens were purchased by the Trust and are now open to the public regularly throughout the summer months and group bookings are welcome.
Funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland saw the restoration of the smith's cottage, and recent further development has enabled Cousland Local History Project to create a permanent space to display the history of the village, which can be traced back to the Early Bronze Age.
While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Doors Open Days Midlothian are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.
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