Heritage Open Days happening in Cornwall this year
PUBLISHED: 11:48 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 10:00 14 September 2018
This month sees hundreds of open days and events focused on heritage and culture across the country. Here’s what’s happening in Cornwall this September
For the first time ever, England’s biggest festival of heritage and culture will take place across two weekends, offering visitors across the South West more opportunities to discover the secret history of their towns, villages and countryside. Alongside traditional Heritage Open Days events, there will be a special programme of ‘Extraordinary Women’ talks, walks and exhibitions, in celebration of the centenary of the Universal Suffrage Act. Special openings across the region include Castle Drogo, the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution and the American Museum in Britain – with every single walk, talk, opening and exhibition FREE to visit! Here’s a taste of some activities already registered.
Kresen Kernow, 14–15 September
10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm
Join a tour of the former Redruth Brewery, soon to be Cornwall’s new archive centre. View the construction work with internal access to the site. Visitors will also hear more about the plans for this modern archive and library space to bring together the world’s largest collection of manuscripts, books and documents related to Cornwall.
Location: Redruth Brewery, Redruth
Gribbin Daymark, 9 September
Climb a local landmark! Originally designed to help sailors pinpoint the area’s rocky harbour, visitors will get to go up the 26m red-and-white striped tower and admire the sea views from the top. There is also a walking trail nearby to explore the local countryside.
Location: National Trust, Fowey
Open the Box, 6–8 September
Uncover memory boxes about farming and fishing, domestic life and World War II. With collections not normally on display, costume store tours, and hands-on activities offering visitors the chance to take home their own mini-museum box of treasures, it’s a great day out for the whole family.
Location: Helston Museum, Helston
Liskeard Unlocked, 14–15 September
As part of a program of events in Liskeard, normally private rooms in Liskeard’s Public Hall will be open to explore, including The Mayor’s Parlour, Council Chamber and Long Room. Exhibits will focus on the ‘Extraordinary Women’ who have been Mayor of the town through the years.
Location: Public Hall, Liskeard
Trengwainton Garden, 9 September
Take a walk through this tranquil, woodland garden with rare plants from all over the globe. Visitors will get to see the walled kitchen garden built to the dimensions of Noah’s Ark, sea views from the terrace, and giant tree fern glades in this 25-acre estate.
Location: National Trust, Penzance
Launceston Town Hall, 7 September
Find out more about the fascinating history of Launceston Town Hall & Guildhall. Visitors will also take a guided tour with the Town Archivist, meet the Town Crier and see parts of the building not usually open to the public, including the mortuary and clock tower.
Location: Launceston Town Council, Launceston
Trerice, 6 September
Explore this Elizabethan manor house and garden with traditional games and Tudor dressing-up costumes. Outside, there’s plenty of room for visitors to stretch their legs while trying to complete the mown grass labyrinth puzzle!
Location: National Trust, Newquay
Extraordinary Women, September
Find out more about the fascinating history of Launceston Town Hall & Guildhall with a special display focusing on the who have served as Mayor. Visitors will also take a guided tour with the Town Archivist, meet the Town Crier and see parts of the building not usually open to the public, including the mortuary and clock tower.
Location: Launceston Town Hall
About heritage open days
Heritage Open Days is co-ordinated and promoted nationally by the National Trust with funding by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and run locally by a large range of organisations (including civic societies, heritage organisations, and local councils, community champions and thousands of enthusiastic volunteers).
Discover more events at heritageopendays.org.uk