45 people visited the Community Heritage Access Centre for our Open Day as part of the Heritage Open Weekend. This was particularly good as we did not know what response we would receive or how many people would come. Four staff were kept constantly busy during our advertised times of 10am-3.30pm, with visitors arriving right on the point of 10’O’clock. Thanks to the Heritage Open Days Marketing Pack we had balloons and bunting on our Depot Gate, which attracted people in.
Our theme was a simple ‘taster tour’ of our collections with the invitation to return if visitors wished to see more specific aspects of the collection. One lady had already telephoned in advance requesting to view items related to Slade Gloving Company. Fortunately, we had building planning applications in alphabetical order and located two plans straight away. With such a constant stream of visitors, we put up our First World War Banners for additional interest and explained about our new 2015 Yeovil in Living Memory Calendar.
The four staff that helped on the day were greatly impressed by the number of visitors and the support from the Heritage Open Days Website – where many people had seen our event advertised. Our comments book even revealed a visitor from Lyme Regis, in Dorset.