Indulge in a slice of history at Heritage Open Days near you

Published: Thursday 14th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Heritage Open Days is the country’s largest festival of culture and history, and it’s coming to a venue near you.

“We’re in our 23rd year,” explains Annie Reilly, Manager of Heritage Open Days. “Coordinated by the National Trust with funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, this year’s theme is All Our Stories. Over four days, almost 5,000 free events will take place, giving people the opportunity to discover what makes the places where they live, work and play so special.”

This is a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the exciting, hidden places across the UK. This year, Heritage Open Days runs from Thursday 7 until Sunday 10 September.

“For many, this is their once a year chance to enjoy the treasures on their own doorstep and become a tourist in their own town,” adds Annie.

We’ve rounded up five that are happening in our region.

Beverley Minster

This beautiful thirteenth century gothic structure towers over the rest of the quaint market town of Beverley. Inside, you’ll discover a series of intricately detailed stained glass windows, as well as stunning minstrels and the mysterious Frith Stool that was used by criminals to escape persecution.

“We’re very excited to be a part of this national event with Heritage Open Days,” enthuses Steve George, Treasurer of the Minster. “We are always open to the public, but this time we’ll be hosting a series of special events, including demonstrations from traditional tradesmen, such as the maintenance of our stained glass and stone masonry. Throughout the day, we’ll be showing people around the building on several tours too.”

Beverley Minster will host Heritage Open Days activity on Friday 8 September.

Hull Truck Theatre

Visitors will gain access to the thrilling backstage of Hull Truck Theatre. Famous for delivering a range of exceptional productions to a diverse audience, the theatre has an intriguing heritage.

You’ll be able to see behind the scenes of Hull’s only producing theatre, as well as view the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

Hull Truck Theatre will be hosting tours at 9am, 10am and 11am on Saturday 9 September. Please note that pre-booking is required.

Lairgate Hall, Beverley

This grand house was built in the mid to late 1700s for the Pennyman family. The site itself dates back to the medieval era, when it is believed it was home to a hospital.

During its Heritage Open Days activity, you can wander around the hall and walk up the staircase to the drawing room and music room, which were added around 1770.

Lairgate contains a number of Georgian features, including magnificent wood carvings, marble art, plasterwork and furniture. The drawing room is decorated with exceptional hand-painted Chinese wallpaper. See if you can spot the flowers, insects and birds that cover the piece.

Lairgate Hall will be open to explorers on Friday 8 September, 10am-4pm.

Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Cottingham

This place of worship in Cottingham was first erected in the early fourteenth century. However, the tower that we see today was added in the 1400s.

The windows are designed in a curvilinear style, a method that was popular in Yorkshire at the time. You will also be able to view the large collection of Georgian wall monuments, which are mostly dedicated to the Burton family of Hotham.

The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin is hosting Heritage Open Days activity 10am-5pm from Thursday 7 until Saturday 9 September.

Hull City Hall

The exact opening date of Hull City Hall is unknown, but the building was completed in 1909. It took around six years to finish, with the plans originally laid out in 1900.

The idea was to create a central location for the city trams to meet. When you visit, you will be able to gaze up at the impressive organ, built by Forster and Andrews of Hull. It is one of the UK’s largest working organs.

Hull City Hall is open on Thursday 7 September from 10:30am until 2:30pm. Pre-booking in advance is required for this Heritage Open Day.

You can find out more about these Heritage Open Days, plus even more in your area on the Heritage Open Days website.

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Published: Thursday 14th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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