Sheffield’s Heritage Open Days 2014
03 September 2014
57 venues from across Sheffield are preparing to open their doors as part of a national celebration of heritage. From Thursday 11- Sunday 14 September, the public will be invited into a whole host of buildings across the city as part of Heritage Open Days 2014.
Now in its 20th year, Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
The number of Sheffield’s participants taking part has seen a significant rise this year with nearly double the amount to those who took part in 2013.
Sheffield’s 2014 programme includes an eclectic mix of venues offering tours, walks, talks and exhibitions. From the old, such as Wincobank’s Iron Age Hillfort, Tinsley’s St Lawrence Church, Pre-Raphaelite art in Hoylandswaine, homes of the great Sheffield Industrialist families, theCrucible Furnace Cellar at Grenoside, Underbank Unitarian Chapel inStannington and the stories behind the War Memorial at St Leonards, to the new such as UTC Sheffield (University Technology College) opened only last year.
Heritage Open Days often take place solely through the work of passionate volunteers, and with so many venues taking part, Sheffield Civic Trust have stepped up their local involvement this year to help with the promotion and coordination of the many events taking place in Sheffield.
Liz Godfrey, Trustee of Sheffield Civic Trust and local Co-ordinatorsaid: “We recognise the importance of this annual celebration and are proud to be involved. We’ve seen a huge increase in participants for 2014 which is testament to Sheffield’s pride in its heritage and the sheer number of enthusiastic individuals in the city who want to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.
“Heritage Open Day events are completely free so why not make a day of it and create your own tour of some of the venues, there’s so many to choose from. Due to popular demand, there are advance booking requirements for some of venues so please check all information ahead of your visit and book early to avoid disappointment”.
Sheffield Cathedral will be showcasing their recently completed restoration work, Sheffield Hallam University are offering a unique opportunity to see the City Centre from the 12th floor rooftop of their Owen Building, while the University of Sheffield’s Medical School are offering self-guided tours of their newly refurbished facilities along with a fascinating exhibition on the work carried out by Sheffield medics during World War I.
Visit 11th Century Beauchief Abbey, take the Helter Skelter at Electric Works, see the Cutler’s Hall treasures, take in a 1930s tea dance at Sheffield City Hall or even have a go at being a presenter at BBC Radio Sheffield, it’s all on offer at this year’s Heritage Open Days in Sheffield.
Sheffield Heritage Open Day programmes are available from the Welcome to Sheffield Visitor Centre on Surry Street, most libraries and participating venues across the city or you can download the brochure atwww.welcometosheffield.co.uk/hods
For more information of Heritage Open Days visitwww.heritageopendays.org.uk