Heritage open days bring city history to life

The heritage of the city will be showcased as part of a festival celebrating architecture and culture.

From September 11 to 14 a range of tours, events and activities will help to bring local history and culture to life as part of Heritage Open Days event.

The grade II listed Newmillerdam boathouse will be open daily during the festival and tree warden, Roger Parkinson, will deliver a talk on “Woodland and Wildlife” on Friday, September 12 at 10.30am and September 13 at 12.30pm. To book, call 07942 961585.

Wakefield Cathedral will also be open daily with exhibitions and tower tours.

Also on the Saturday, there will be tours of the Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin, a tour of the Victorian Theatre Royal Wakefield and a demonstration of conservation in action at Nostell Priory.

Ossett Town Hall will also be open from 10am until 3pm and from 10pm until 5pm. There will be talks, tours and a pop up exhibition at The Hepworth featuring the lives of people who lived and worked on the city’s waterfront.

The 19th century Gott art collection, which shows more than 200 Yorkshire villages, towns and cities will be accessible to the public for the first time at the gallery on both Saturday and Sunday.

And the building will be the location for a talk about the history of Chantry Chapel by historian Kate Taylor on Friday, September 12.

Tours of St Peter the Apostle Church and at the Georgian St John’s Church will also run as part of the festival.

And the National Coal Mining Museum will open the screens building, which was used to sort coal from waste rock and debris, during the festival weekend.

Other events include exhibtions and demonstrations by West Yorkshire Archive Service, a talk and walk by Wakefield Civic Society, an art exhibition at The Orangery, and a young explorers heritage trail at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

For more details of events and to book a place, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk