Heritage Open Days – town hall tour in Burslem this Friday

The old town hall of Burslem...

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Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 September 2010

Free events held throughout Stoke-on-Trent

Heritage Open Days annually celebrates England’s fantasticarchitecture and culture by offering free access to properties thatare usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.Co-ordinated nationally by English Heritage, the event thrives on theenthusiasm and expertise of local people. Organised by volunteers -usually property owners or managers – for local people, HeritageOpen Days is England’s biggest and most popular voluntarycultural event.

Explore and discover inspiring places, spaces, architecture, historyand culture throughout Stoke-on-Trent these with free events,guided tours and walks that will bring our local heritage to life:

Town Tours – ‘The past shaping the future’

9 and 10 September
See our rich built heritage and how plans for its re-use aim tobreathe new life into our city. Urban Vision will be running freeguided tours around the Potteries towns:

Stoke and Hanley (City Centre) – Thursday 9 September
Burslem and Longton – Friday 10 September

1pm Historical tours of the town centres
See the key buildings and places that define their history and hearabout plans for their future and how they aim to deliver sustainableregeneration. Wet weather clothing and sensible footwearrecommended

2.15pm Tours of the town halls
Explore their heritage and role in the civic life of the Potteries.
3pm Refreshments
3.15pm Creative arts workshops

There are also free guided walks for Fenton and Tunstall on 8September. All tours leave from the respective town halls. For moreinformation or to book your place, contact Urban Vision NorthStaffordshire on 01782 790595 or email info@uvns.org.

Chatterley Whitfield Colliery Tour

Saturday 11 September
Chatterley Whitfield Colliery is the most comprehensive survival of adeep mine in England and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It doesnot usually open to the general public but there will be a specialseries of free guided tours. Pre-booking essential as this is a ticketonly event. Call 01782 827142 for more details.

Free admission to the city’s museums

11 and 12 September Etruria Industrial Museum – Saturday 11September, 12pm – 4.30pm
Gladstone Pottery Museum – Sunday 12 September, 10am – 5pm
Ford Green Hall – Sunday 12 September, 1pm – 4pm
For more information, go to stoke.gov.uk/museum.

Historic Walk of Longton

Sunday 12 September, 2pm
Free guided walk to see Longton’s historic sites and hear about thetown in days gone by. Walk start from Gladstone Pottery Museum,call 01782 237777 to book.

Fenton and Tunstall self guided walks

9-12 September Self-guided walking tour leaflets will be availablefrom city council local centres and libraries. There are also freeguided walks for both towns on 8 September. For information,contact Urban Vision North Staffordshire on 01782 790595 or emailinfo@uvns.org.

For further information visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk or download the leaflet.

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