During the first lockdown in 2020, when all our sites had to close, we offered a three-month extension on renewal to our Members. English Heritage is a charity, and we are grateful that many Members opted out to help us conserve valuable funds to protect the buildings in our care.
The latest lockdown took place during our winter season, when access is normally restricted to weekends only. In addition, we managed to keep a handful of sites open and available for local recreation, as well as over two hundred of our free-to-enter outdoor sites. We continued to bring history to life through our magazine and handbook, along with our expanded digital content offerings, including podcasts, activities, web articles, and YouTube videos. In line with the government’s planned phased roadmap, more sites started to reopen, and we held our very first Members’ Week programme of events.
We're excited to be welcoming Members back to our sites now they have reopened, and are looking forward to a packed programme of events once again this summer.
This has been a difficult time for millions of people, as well as businesses and charities - and English Heritage is no exception. We're hugely grateful for your continued support as we continue to come through these challenging times.