The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Bob Rudd and the Lady Mayoress, Sandra Rudd joined Major (Ret’d) Eddie Pickering MBE ARCM and Doreen King from the Chester Civic Trust at the Cheshire Military Museum to launch this year’s Heritage Open Days programme.
Heritage Open Days runs from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th September. This year’s programme, produced by Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with the Chester Civic Trust, commemorates the Great War.
Heritage Open Days offers free access to a wide range of attractive and historically important buildings and sites throughout West Cheshire. This is an opportunity to discover ‘hidden’ buildings and to find out what is behind their front doors. Many of the buildings are not open to the public, except during this celebratory weekend.
Councillor Rudd said: “As the country commemorates the Great War, it’s appropriate that Heritage Open Days should be part of the programme of events taking place this year.
“Heritage Open Days wouldn’t happen without the time and generosity of the many building owners allowing us to visit their fascinating buildings, our Blue Badge Guides and the many volunteers.”
The new booklet highlighting all of the buildings, walks and tours was revealed at the Cheshire Military Museum, in recognition of the Great War commemorations.
Eddie Pickering said: “The Cheshire Military Museum is very pleased to be part of Heritage Open Days, especially this year as we commemorate the Great War.”
There are a range of free walking tours including ‘Chester Life in the Months leading up to August 1914’, ‘Upton by Chester historical walking tour’ and ‘Frodsham restoration in progress’ plus a guided tour of Chester Railway Station and Chester Racecourse.
The Cheshire Military Museum will be open free of charge on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September.
Other buildings open free of charge include; The King Charles Tower on Chester’s Walls (with stonemasons demonstrating their skills) and the Lion Salt Works (Saturday 13) in Northwich giving visitors a glimpse of the transformed site as it prepares to re-open as a heritage attraction in 2015.
Experts at many of the buildings and sites will be on hand to answer questions from visitors and give an informal explanation of the building history.
The booklet is available from Chester Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall Square, the Grosvenor Museum, History and Heritage in St Michael’s Church, and local branch libraries.
The booklet is also available online at www.heritageopendayschester.co.uk
Advance booking is required for most of the guided tours; bookings can be made from August the 11th .
Heritage Open Days is co-ordinated and sponsored by English Heritage nationally, it happens thanks to a large numbers of local voluntary societies, building owners and volunteers who are happy to welcome the public to drop in and look around a selection of our stunning architectural heritage.