September is a busy month for open days, and it’s no wonder why. The annual event is a fantastic opportunity to visit sites and explore historic buildings, including some that have been regenerated by members of BRICKwork our online community, and it’s completely free.
Heritage Open Days, England’s biggest heritage festival is due to take place from the 10-13 of September. To find out more, check out their website.
Here are nine great community heritage regeneration projects to visit this September.
1. Leigh Spinners Mill, Leigh, Lancashire
Leigh Spinners Mill is one of our mentoring projects. These Open Days will be particularly special for them and the surrounding community, as is the very first time that they are opening to the public. If you visit the mill, you might even see one of the UK’s largest steam engines, which was used to power manufacturing in the1920s.
Leigh Spinners will be open on Saturday the 12th of September from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Click here for more details, including how to get there.
2. St Peter’s, Sudbury, Suffolk
St Peter’s Church is a 15th century church that closed for public worship in the early 70s but has since been taken over by the Friends of St Peter’s, Sudbury, with great support from the Churches Conservation Trust.
St Peter’s will be open on Saturday the 12th of September from 09:00am – 05:00pm. There is a Music Marathon running all day, with the Grand Lewis and Co Organ taking centre stage and singers and instrumentalists also taking part. Refreshments will be available. Visit the website for more details on how to get there.
3. Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool
Friends of Anfield are organising a Heritage Walk (2 – 3 hours) covering some famous and infamous characters on Saturday 12th September starting at 10:00 am from the Anfield Crematorium entrance on Priory Road (postcode: L4 2SL).
Anfield Cemetery has some amazing links to Merseyside’s past, including many local, national and international events. To find out more about this interesting heritage regeneration project read Tom’s blog here.
4. Bursledon Brickworks, Southampton
Visit this unique survivor of Victorian industrial heritage. Closed in 1974, the brickworks had not been updated since it started production in 1897, making it a fascinating place to discover more about the region’s industrial past.
On the 10th and 13th of September it will be open from 11:00am – 4:00pm with plenty of activities suitable for the whole family, including making your own brick. Visit their website for more details.
5. Middlewich Heritage
We have been working with the Middlewich Heritage Trust on their regeneration plans for Murgatroyd Brine Pump. Although the site isn’t yet open for visitors, they still have some great events planned for Heritage Open Days.
On Friday the 11th of September they will be launching a new case for the exhibition, which celebrates ancient Middlewich. Starting from the library at 1:00pm, there’s a tour of the sites that form the salt journey of Middlewich, and at 7:00pm there will be an evening talk on the ancient settlement. More details can be found here.
6. The Roe-Naissance Project, Macclesfield
This amazing church will be open on Saturday and Sunday as part of heritage open days.
On Saturday 12 September: 11:00am-1:00pm organist Andrew Dean plays the newly tuned and maintained 130 year old instrument. And in the afternoon the bell-ringers will be in the tower – the bells have been in use for most of Christ Church’s 240 year history.
On Sunday 13 September: 12:00-3:00pm iSpy Hunt for 3yrs+ around the nooks and crannies of the magnificent box pews. Ceramicist Helen Wright encourages children to explore Christ Church – with prizes for the best detectives!
Find out more on their facebook page.
7. Illingworth Gaol, Halifax
On Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th of September between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. There is no parking adjacent to the gaol, but you can find more details of how to get there on the heritage open days page for the site.
Visitors can see the double (two seater) stocks dated 1697 and the interior of the 1823 Illingworth Gaol and feel what it would have been like to have been imprisoned here. There will be information on how the Trust plans to restore the Gaol together with the adjacent early Co-operative store (1863) and also some true stories of crimes committed and prisoners held in the Gaol.
8. Toynbee Hall, London
Toynbee Hall was built in 1884 with a vision to create a public place for future leaders to live and work as volunteers in London’s East End. Those at the Hall continue this work today and recently received an HLF Round 2 grant of £1.7m towards their redevelopment.
On the 19th of September between 10.00am and 5.00pm volunteers and staff will be on hand to give visitors guided tours. You’ll also get a chance to find out more about the regeneration plans for the hall. For further details, visit their website.
9. Govanhill Baths
The baths were first opened in 1917 and are currently used as a community and arts centre, while members of the community trust are working hard to ensure that it can be restored as a well-being centre and swimming pool.
Restoration work will be starting shortly so Glasgow’s own heritage event, Doors Open Day, is a great opportunity to see the baths as they are today. It will be open on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of September from 11:00am until 4:00pm, with tours departing every 30 minutes. More details here.