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Heritage Open Days 2021

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Heritage Open Days 2021

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Friday 10 - Sunday 19 September 2021
Various venues in Nottinghamshire
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Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

Events include:

Bromley House Library Open Day

Bromley House Library is one of Nottingham's secret gems. It is housed in a Palladian style townhouse built in 1752 and is an architectural delight.

The Nottingham Subscription Library was formed in 1816 and they moved into Bromley House in 1821. The library is not usually open to the public so these tours are an exciting opportunity to see its amazing rooms and the walled garden. Bromley House is a world of its own, with winding staircases, including one fantastic spiral staircase, unexpected doorways, and passageways that lead you to endless shelves of books. There are over 50,000 books, dating from the 16th century to the latest fiction titles.

We invite you to attend an open day tour on Saturdays September 11th and 18th. This is a 45 minute introductory tour to two of the main rooms at the library, and an opportunity to view some of the historic collection that is not normally on display

Event Times
Saturday 11 September: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00
Saturday 18 September: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00

Booking Details - Pre-booking: Required
Call: 0115 947 3134
Email: enquiries@bromleyhouse.org
Booking opens: 9 August 2021
Booking closes: 18 September 2021


Debbie Bryan: Beauty in the Details - Guided Lace Market Tour​​​​​​

Explore the hidden architectural gems around St Mary’s Gate with Lucy Brouwer of Watson Fothergill Walk.

Explore the ‘beauty in the details’ in Nottingham's historic Lace Market with popular tour guide Lucy Brouwer of Watson Fothergill Walk.

This tour is hosted on Saturday 11th September.

This short but informative guided tour offers an introduction to the architecture and history of Nottingham’s Lace Market, the Heritage Tour looks at the area around St Mary’s Gate and includes some architecture by Watson Fothergill and Thomas Chambers Hine.

This is a walk of approximately 45 minutes, starting and ending at Debbie Bryan at 18 St Mary’s Gate, Nottingham.
Participants are asked to come appropriately prepared for all weather eventualities and to wear footwear suitable for city walking.

The Debbie Bryan gallery and tea room is adorned with textile nostalgia and authentic industrial fixture and fittings from Nottingham’s Lace industry. The team will be available for questions about the galleries’ heritage collections.
With heritage inspired craft, there’ll be lots on offer for families including delicious food and drink offers.

Event Times
Saturday 11 September: 1400-1500

Booking Details - Pre-booking: Required
Walking tour is free, but must be pre-booked
Email: shop@debbiebryan.co.uk
Booking opens: 9 August 2021 09:00

 

Debbie Bryan: Heritage Exhibition & Archive Showcase

Known for their textile nostalgia and authentic industrial fixtures and fixings from Nottingham's Lace Industry, Debbie Bryan will be hosting a digital exhibition and archive showcase.

Adorned with textile nostalgia and authentic industrial fixtures and fixings from Nottingham's Lace Industry, Debbie Bryan will have historical points of interest on display throughout the gallery and tearoom – including on-route to the lavatory!

Available to explore in-store and this year, digitally!

This year, Debbie Bryan will also host a digital archive showcase. Find and follow us online @debbiebryanshop via Facebook and Instagram to interact and view this year's digital exhibition

With special HODS exhibitions from salvaged industrial pieces, Nottingham Draughtman's Drawings and Cyanotype Blue Prints to exquisite Nottingham Lace and special pieces from Nottingham's famous Costume Museum which closed its doors in 2003.

A must-see for your perfect heritage fix.

Event Times
Friday 10 September: Digital resource available anytime. Debbie Bryan open: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11 September: Digital resource available anytime. Debbie Bryan open: 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12 September: Digital resource available anytime.
Monday 13 September: Digital resource available anytime.
Tuesday 14 September: Digital resource available anytime.
Wednesday 15 September: Digital resource available anytime.
Thursday 16 September: Digital resource available anytime.
Friday 17 September: Digital resource available anytime. Debbie Bryan open: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 18 September: Digital resource available anytime. Debbie Bryan open: 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 19 September: Digital resource available anytime.

Booking Details - No booking required

 

Green’s Windmill and Science Centre​​​​

​Join us for a special exhibition to celebrate Heritage Open Days. Learn more about famous mathematician George Green, view photos of the mill’s restoration and read the many press cuttings.

Green’s Windmill is a restored and working 19th Century tower mill, once home to mathematical physicist George Green. For Heritage Open Days we’ll be running a special exhibition about the history of the mill using excerpts from our extensive archive. In the adjacent science centre discover the remarkable story of Green and experiment with the things that fascinated him, such as light, electricity and magnetism. After your visit explore the award winning community garden, much like a typical garden from Green’s day. There’s something for all the family!

Event Times
Friday 10 September: 1000-1600
Saturday 11 September: 1000-1600
Sunday 12 September: 1000-1600
Monday 13 September: CLOSED
Tuesday 14 September: CLOSED
Wednesday 15 September: 1000-1600
Thursday 16 September: 1000-1600
Friday 17 September: 1000-1600
Saturday 18 September: 1000-1600
Sunday 19 September: 1000-1600

Booking Details - No booking required

 

LGBT+ Plaque Unveiling at The New Foresters

Plaque unveiling of the first blue plaque recognising LGBT+ history in Nottingham at the New Foresters Arms which has been an LGBT+ venue since before homosexuality was decriminalised in 1967

Plaque unveiling with speeches for the first blue plaque to recognise LGBT+ history in Nottingham at The New Foresters Arms nearby the Victoria Centre in Nottingham City Centre. There will be speeches about LGBT+ History in Nottingham and an opportunity for network following the event.

The New Foresters Arms is on the Nottingham Local List recognising that it is not only of value to the LGBT+ community but is also a good example of a Victorian corner pub.

The event is being organised with Nottingham City Council's LGBT Employee Network

Event Times
Friday 17 September: Plaque unveiling at 15:00

Booking Details - No booking required

 

Messing About on the Water

Visit Nottingham Narrow Boat Project, explore inside a boat and learn more about how generations have lived on the waterways over time.

Come visit Nottingham Narrow Boat Project as part of Nottingham’s Heritage Open Days. You will be able to go inside the boat, numbers permitting and see how generations have lived on the waterways over the years. This project is run by dedicated volunteers and some will be on hand to take about the history of their boats, Megan and Tinks and how they manage and keep them afloat providing a service to people and groups in the city.

Event Times
Wednesday 15 September: 17:30 - 19:30

Booking Details - Pre-booking: Preferred
Please book via Eventbrite - search for Messing About on Water

 

Newstead Abbey

Newstead Abbey will be offering free entry to the house on Sunday 12th September.
Say the phrase "Newstead celebrates Heritage Open Days" at the house reception ticket desk, to gain free entry!
Car parking charges apply.

These magic words will give you access to Newstead Abbey House to explore the ancestral home of Romantic poet Lord Byron. Inside the Abbey there is much to discover, including Lord Byron’s private apartments, the Victorian Kitchen and room displays, plus cloisters from the monastic period. Afterwards you can refuel at one of two on-site café kiosks, offering a range of takeaway options, then take some time to relax in Newstead's 300 acres of parkland and ornamental gardens with their lakes, ponds and cascades.

Event Times
Sunday 12 September: 1100 -1600 (last entry 15:00)

Booking Details - No booking required

 

Walking Tour: Carrington Street

Join an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide on short stroll around the historic Carrington Street, within the heart of Nottingham City Centre.

Join Gold Star Guide, Felicity Whittle for a stroll around a small area of Nottingham. Starting at the railway station and heading towards the new Broadmarsh development, we will see a former cabbie’s shelter, hear stories about local shops and local architects, a temperance hotel, and a car showroom. Plus, a sneak preview of the new developments now taking place along one of the gateways to the city.

Event Times
Wednesday 15 September: 1900 - 1945

Booking Details - Pre-booking: Required
Please book via Eventbrite - search for Nottingham Carrington Street Walking Tour
 

Walking Tour: Castle Wharf

Join an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide on short stroll around the historic Castle Wharf, within the heart of Nottingham City Centre. Learn more about the iconic architecture and social history of the area.

Join Gold Star Guide, Felicity Whittle for a stroll around a small area of Nottingham. We will explore part of the Nottingham canal, finding out about its creation and its demise, its iconic buildings and its bridges. There’s a dramatic explosion, a royal visit, plus a successful balloon flight and Nottingham’s first woman magistrate.

Event Times
Wednesday 15 September: 1800 - 1845

Booking Details - Pre-booking: Required
Please book via Eventbrite - search for Nottingham Castle Wharft Walking Tour

 

Wollaton Hall - “Lions and Company” Talk

An illustrated talk on the lions and other amazing wildlife of Gujarat State in north-west India, by Dr Sheila Wright, Curator of Biology at Nottingham Natural History Museum, Wollaton Hall.
The talk will cover the famous Asiatic Lions of the Gir Forest in Gujarat – of which we have an historic specimen on display at the museum, which attendees will be able to view on the day of the talk. The other amazing wildlife of Gujarat State in India will also be included – such as that of the marine national park in the Gulf of Kutch, Blackbuck National Park, and the deserts of the Little Rann of Kutch – where rare Asiatic Wild Asses still roam.

Event Times
Friday 10 September: 1430 - Meet at the west entrance of Wollaton Hall (on the side of the Hall facing the lake)

Booking Details - Pre-booking: Required
Talk must be pre-booked via Wollaton Hall's website
Booking opens: 5 July 2021 09:00

 

Southwell Minster - Chapter House tour

Join one of our knowledgeable guides as they show you round the world-renowned Chapter House at Southwell Minster, home to the truly breathtaking 'Leaves of Southwell'.

After being closed for over a year whilst undergoing significant conservation work, The Leaves of Southwell can once again be seen in all their exquisite glory, thanks to a £2.2m National Lottery Heritage Funded project.

The Leaves of Southwell, regarded as the best example of 13th century naturalistic carving in the United Kingdom, and indeed all of Europe, are perfectly set inside the glorious Chapter House of Southwell Minster, the Cathedral church of Nottinghamshire.

As a direct result of the funding, we have been able to implement and deliver works to protect, interpret, and better present these beautiful and historic medieval carvings for future generations.

We have a Refectory on site offering a delicious range of meals, snacks and drinks, whilst our Cathedral Shop (closed Mondays) boasts a huge array of gifts and souvenirs.

Situated in the heart of rural Nottinghamshire, in the picturesque Georgian market town of Southwell, just 8 miles from the A1, there’s never been a better time to visit.

Event Times
Saturday 11 September: Tours 1100, 1200, 1300, & 1400

Booking Details - Pre-booking: Required via Southwell Minster's website
 

Clumber Park

With 3,800 acres of parkland to explore, there’s something for everyone at Clumber Park.

Clumber Park was home to the Duke’s of Newcastle and is steeped in history, with clues to its grand past dotted throughout the park. Head to the Walled Kitchen Garden which was used to grow fruit and vegetables for the Dukes, and see what's growing today. While you are there, stop by the Tools and Vineries, where you will find historic equipment used in the gardens. Don't forget to head to the Discovery Centre for a plant it, grow it activity to take home, with thanks to Spirit of Wartime Sherwood Project.

Event Times
Wednesday 15 September: 10.00-15.00

Booking Details - No booking required

 

Creswell Crags: A Picnic Through Time

A picnic through time is a celebration of the diverse and sprawling history of Creswell Crags. We’re encouraging our community to share their history through personal memory, in our exhibition space and a through a trail and tour of the site.

A picnic through time is a celebration of the history of Creswell Crags, both on our heritage site, and throughout the village of Creswell. We want to bring people together and explore memories with our community, to share stories and learn from each other!

We’re encouraging our community to come in and share photographs, local news stories and publications throughout the last 100 years, spanning multiple time periods. We’ll be hosting a weeklong drop in, where people can collaborate and discuss their past to help weave together a network of collective social history. Our goal is to build a wall of memories to celebrate Creswell and its impact on both our site, and the local area – from the food we ate, to the jobs we worked and the way we passed our time.

Alongside this, we’ll also be hosting a trail throughout the Creswell Crags site, to showcase the breadth of history spanning thousands of years. You’ll hear from local experts, to learn about the ways Creswell Crags has impacted our community, from the Victorian archaeologists who excavated our caves, to the Duke of Portland flooding the site to create our gorgeous lake!

Event Times -  Available anytime

Booking Details - Pre-booking: Book on day
Exhibition is free to explore but the tours must be booked on the day.
Call: 01909 720378
Email: info@creswell-crags.org.uk
Booking opens: 10 September 2021 10:00
Booking closes: 19 September 2021 16:00

 

The Workhouse

Discover what life was like for people who sought refuge at The Workhouse & Infirmary. Learn the stories of those who lived and worked here and how this evolved over time, with the site providing shelter for those in need until the 1980s.

Built in 1824 for up to 158 inmates, The Workhouse is the best-preserved example of the hundreds of workhouses built across the country. Its architecture was influenced by prison design and its regime became a blueprint for workhouses throughout the country. The system implemented here was developed by the Reverend John T. Becher and George Nicholls whose ideas shaped the way in which the poor were treated during the 19th century.

Current partnership exhibitions: Do It Different showcasing the Factory Art School and Do It Different Projects, which stemmed from the experiences of people historically connected to The Workhouse; The Women’s Quilt and The Leighann Wightman Quilt which focus on domestic abuse; and the Florence Nightingale Comes Home exhibition.

Event Times - Saturday 11 September: 10.30-16.00, last admission 15.00
Booking Details - No booking required

 

 

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