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Heritage Open Days 2018
   
Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 September & Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 September 2018

Featuring walks, talks, tours & displays in Bury St Edmunds & the surrounding area...

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture & culture with free access to places that are usually closed to the public or charge admission.

For more details on any of the events listed below, call the Bury St Edmunds Tourist Information Centre (based at The Apex) on 01284 758000 or email tic@stedsbc.gov.uk

Read on to find out where you can explore and enjoy heritage, architecture and culture as part of this year's Heritage Open Days in West Suffolk...
 

Guided Wildlife Walk at SWT Lackford Lakes
Join a wildlife guide at SWT Lackford Lakes for a guided walk around this 400 acre reserve. Volunteer and bird & butterfly expert Paul Holness will lead a guided walk around the reserve pointing out the various wildlife that exists on the reserve.
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Guided Tours of the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Join a guided tour at this Grade 1 listed theatre. The Theatre Royal is the last remaining Regency playhouse in the country and one of the most beautiful, intimate and historic theatres in the world.
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Rede Hall Farm Park
Rede Hall Farm is home to Suffolk’s own breed of horse - the Suffolk Punch. Rede Hall Farm work, show and breed horses. Let them show you around the farm and hear a talk on the living heritage of Suffolk.
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Great War Huts
Great War Huts will be ‘on parade again’, offering tours of the site and hosting a special exhibition ‘Stars of the Khaki Screen’, a collection of the actual uniforms worn by well known stars in many film, television and theatre productions.
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Farmers Club Open Day
A guided tour of this Grade 1 listed building, historic townhouse to the Gage family of Hengrave Hall. Visitors will see the development of this unique Grade 1 listed building from its mediaeval origins to its Regency golden age.
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Ancient Library
Visit the Ancient Library in St Edmundsbury Cathedral. A chance to see some of the books which feature in the Ancient Library and learn more with the library Guides.
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The Norman Tower
A demonstration on the art of bellringing and a brief history of the Norman Tower.
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Images and Legacy of the Great War - Record Office
Through the medium of over 40 specially commissioned paintings, Robert Butterworth will give a two part talk. Part one highlights some of the outstanding events of WWI. Part two is devoted to the enduring impact the Great War had on British Society.
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Clare Ancient House Museum & Clare Castle Country Park
An easy 2 hour (3 mile) walk around Clare’s natural and built heritage. To include Clare Castle (motte & bailey) the Country Park, the Nuttery, Clare Common (the Castle’s medieval farm) and Clare Priory. Optional access to the Ancient House Museum at the end.
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Tour of the Great Churchyard
Local historian Pat Murrell will consider some of the people, buildings and events associated with this former burial ground in late Stuart and Georgian times (1660- 1830).
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Bury St Edmunds Guildhall - Women of Bury St Edmunds Costumed Interpreters
Hear the stories of women from years gone by as you meet costumed interpreters and get drawn into their daily lives.
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The Legacy of War Memorials - Record Office
Explore the legacy of War Memorials through a talk presented by former curator at The Regimental Museum. Llook at the different styles of town and village memorials and consider both those erected by organisations to commemorate their members, and by families to remember loved ones.
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Bury St Edmunds Guildhall - Women of Bury St Edmunds Talk
Find out about significant women and their impact on life in Bury St Edmunds at The Guildhall.
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Poppy Fields and eBay
Visit the Record Office to hear FIBIS trustee Geraldine Charles talk about why she is commemorating those who served in The Great War. Geraldine was inspired by seeing items of WWI memorabilia for sale on eBay. This gave her the idea to buy items for use as a starting point for family history research.
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Bury St Edmunds Guildhall - Cloth Making Workshop
Hands on workshop at the Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds. Create woollen cloth in the old fashioned way.
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Bury St Edmunds Guildhall - Collaborative Embroidery Workshop
Help create a collaborative embroidered panel based on the town’s fascinating local history.
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Old Cupola 1693-2012
Local historian Pat Murrell gives a talk on the original Cupola House built for local apothecary Thomas Marco, documenting its history until destroyed by fire in June 2012. An appreciation of what was a much loved Bury St Edmunds landmark.
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Late Georgian & Victorian Residents of Bury St Edmunds
A guided tour of the older part of the Borough cemetery led by local historian Pat Murrell. This tour will consider the late Georgian & Victorian people who are buried in the older parts of what is still the Borough’s cemetery.
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Under Bury St Edmunds
An illustrated talk on the tunnels, cellars, chalk caves/mines beneath the surface in Bury St Edmunds. Discover what is directly beneath your feet.
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Guided Walks of Bury St Edmunds
A tour of this historic town with one of Bury’s registered tour guides with a focus on the Abbey Gardens and town centre.
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The Built Heritage of Clare
A 1.5-2 hour tour of Clare’s built heritage, to include Clare priory, Clare Castle (motte & bailey), Victorian railway buildings, the parish “Wool Church”, Market Hill and Clare’s impressive medieval architecture (over 130 listed buildings).
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The Rise and Fall of Rougham Hall
George Agnew will give a 45 minute presentation on the history of Rougham Hall, followed by a 2 hour walk to the ruins of Rougham Hall.
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Ladies of the Town
A walking tour with a registered guide, visiting places associated with notable women of Bury St Edmunds - discover more about the town's femail movers and shakers!
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Pursuit of Pleasure
An extensively researched talk which reveals the fun of Bury Fair in its Georgian heyday, and its importance in the commercialisation of leisure and the urban renaissance of Bury St Edmunds in the eighteenth century.
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