The national launch of Heritage Open Days 2009 took place this afternoon in the Jubilee Library, Brighton. The invitees were welcomed by the Mayor, Cr. Ann Norman. There then followed speeches by the Minister of Culture, Creative Industries & Tourism, Barbara Follett MP ; the Chair of English Heritage, Baroness Andrews, OBE,; the Leader of the City Council, Cr. Mary Mears; and the organiser of the local Open Days, Nick Tyson of the Regency Town House.
After an excellent "Regency tea" the invitees divided into 3 groups to enjoy guided tours of the North Laine, the Rare Books Room of the library and the Old Police cells in the basement of the Town Hall.