HISTORIC sites and buildings up and down the country are welcoming in guests for Heritage Open Days between September 13-22.
The event is England’s largest festival of history and culture, annually bringing together more than 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers – all for free.
Local events include:
• St John the Baptist Church, Carrhill Road, Mossley: Saturday, September 14 from 10am-4pm; Sunday, September 15 from 12noon-4pm. Come and see this beautiful Victorian church, recently renovated.
• Mossley Heritage Centre at Emmaus Mossley, Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley: Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14 from 10am-4pm (displays) with banner/model making workshop at 12noon-4pm; Friday, September 20 from 10am-4pm (displays) with banner/model making workshop at 12noon-4pm; Saturday, September 21 from 10am-4pm (displays, workshop displays, website launch) with film ‘Peterloo’ at 1pm (2hrs 34 mins).
Displays of powerful Mossley folk in Mossley’s Heritage Centre.
Banner making sessions, run by local community artists, will allow Mossley folk to create their own banners which will be displayed.
The film ‘Peterloo’ will be shown. John Knight was a powerful Mossley figure who was at Peterloo. There will be displays about him and other Mossley folk who used people power to change their world.
• St George’s Church, Stamford Street, Mossley: Saturday, September 14 from 10am-4pm; Sunday, September from 12noon-4pm.
Come and see the beautiful church, with fine Victorian stained glass. Also on display will be the full records of all from Mossley who fell in the Great War.
• Millbrook Heritage Trail, Oakgates car park, Hartley Street, off Huddersfield Road, Millbrook: Saturday, September 14 from 1pm-4pm.
Local History walk to explore the history of the growth of Millbrook and the decline of the cotton industry on a two-mile walk with Paul Nethercott, Tameside, Greenspace volunteer. No booking required.
• St George’s Church, Stalybridge: Saturday, September 14 from 10am-4pm.
Main church will be open including a coder dojo workshop.
Tour and talk of the Renn organ on Monday 16, Wednesday 18 and Saturday 21 (7pm-9pm). Need to book by emailing Janet Vidler at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Holy Trinity Church, Stalybridge: Saturday, September 14 from 10am-4pm.
At the centre of the town’s life for over 150 years, Holy Trinity Stalybridge opens its doors to allow visitors to see its past and present. Have a tour of the points of architectural, historical and social interest.
There will be displays showing the history of the church, together with historical artefacts and Whit Walk banners. There will also be a children’s trail and children’s activities.
• St James (The Apostle) CofE Church, Cowhill Lane, Ashton-under-Lyne: Friday, September 13 from 11am-3pm; Saturday, September 14 from 11am-3pm.
Visitors will be able to view the church registers of baptism and weddings.
On display will be photographs depicting church events historical and current such as fetes and weddings.
There will also be a special display of banners and tableaux highlighting the annual Walks of Witness.
• Albion United Reformed Church, Stamford Street East, Ashton-under-Lyne: Friday, September 13 from 10am-2pm; Saturday, September 14 from 11am-3pm.
See a display of artefacts following the theme of people power and also Peterloo exhibition boards.
Albion URC’s Grade ll* gothic style building was completed in 1895. Hammerbeam roof with angelic support as in the Palace of Westminster. Stained glass by Burne-Jones, installed by William Morris. Lewis Grade ll organ playing intermittently. Pilkington tile war memorial designed by Gordon M. Forsyth and many names have been researched to commemorate WWl.
Church marriage registers on display plus 19th century baptismal records. History board showing Albion’s past from 1780s onwards with many artefacts on show. Explorer packs available for children.
• For more information and other nearby events, go online: www.heritageopendays.org.uk