Heritage Open Days national launch by Gryff Rhys Jones was in North Laine!

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Kensington Place chosen as location, September 2009

By Peter Crowhurst, North Laine resident

North Laine on the national heritage map

The North Laine has been well and truly put on the national heritage map through having the national launch take place in Kensington Place. On the morning of Tuesday 1st September Gryff Rhys Jones, past President of the Civic Trust, and Baroness Andrews, President of English Heritage, launched Heritage Open Days from a house in Kensington Place. BBC TV and correspondents from a number of national newpapers were there to record the event. Then later in the day there was a formal opening at the Jubilee Library with speeches from Barbara Follett (Minister of Culture), Baroness Andrews, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Cllr Ann Norman, and the Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, Cllr Mary Mears.

MyHouseMyStreet

The focus of Heritage Open Door in Brighton is very much the North Laine and is a recognition of the important place that this area has played in Brighton's history. As well as residents' houses being opened up to the public, a number of streets (Pelham Square, Kensington Place and Foundry Street) took part in the project 'MyHouseMyStreet', in which information about our houses' past was displayed. There was also an opportunity for residents past and present to tell visitors about their memories and tours of the streets were conducted by volunteers of Brighton & Hove Open Door

Open Door in the North Laine

All the events took place over the weekend of 10th -13thSeptember 2009. Some of the events, especially the open houses, needed pre-booking.

[All Photos by Henry Bruce]

This page was added on 06/09/2009.

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