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The People's Gallery Most popular Heritage Event Nationally
10th October 2013

People's Gallery tops Heritage Open Days national list

A RECENT photography exhibition display produced and set up by InterTech was the most popular event in a nationwide programme of heritage events. The display panels showcasing many local pictures from the Hull Daily Mail Archives took over 3 months to scan and prepare. Produced by InterTech they featured as part of Heritage Open Day. 

InterTech designed the exhibition with over 40 large panels and a number of pop up displays and floor graphics showing arial views of the city from the 1930's to the present date.

The People's Gallery opened for four days last month in an empty shop unit in Whitefriargate in the city centre.

It was the brainchild of Mail reporter Angus Young, who worked with Hull commercial design firm Inter Tech and the Trinity House charity fund on the project.

Featuring more than 600 images from the Mail's archives, it coincided with the annual Heritage Open Days organised by Hull Civic Society.

Now, the national Heritage Open Days' network, which includes 1,400 organisations across the country, has confirmed the 12,000 people who visited the exhibition made it the best attended single event in the country.

Event manager Katja Condy said: "Heritage Open Days is about opening people's eyes to the cultural treasures right on their doorstep and instilling a sense of pride and place.

"This year, 4,560 events in 826 cities, towns and villages took part across England and Hull contributed the fifth-largest programme, just overtaking Leeds, Bristol and Liverpool in the national tables.

"Showcasing places from the grand to minute, classic to quirky, Hull's programme featured among the best too but it was Hull Daily Mail's pop-up photo exhibition, The People's Gallery, that topped everything.

"By attracting some 12,000 visitors over four days it was the most popular Heritage Open Days event nationally, well ahead of Liverpool's Park Hospital which drew in 8,000 visitors.

"The brilliant idea of celebration of people and place in pictures obviously struck a chord.

"Well done to all volunteers who, under the guidance of Hull Civic Society, worked so hard during the summer months to make their Heritage Open Days such a great success."