Heritage Open Day 2017

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Details of the opening for the Heritage Open Days

By Peter Greener


Ashwell is commemorating 1100 years since its foundation in 917 with a series of events throughout the year.


As part of this the museum is celebrating Ashwell’s Built Environment by opening free for the national Heritage Open Days on the 8th, 9th and 10th September and organising guided walks by local experts to discover more of Ashwell’s architectural and historical gems.

This is a splendid chance to see the museum’s extensive collection on all aspects of Ashwell history. The building was originally a Tudor timber-framed shop but now has a modern extension by the architect Peter Boston.

Open Free (usually £2.00)

Friday             8th September              1400 – 1600

Saturday         9th September              1000 – 1600

                                                          Walks: 1100 & 1430

Sunday            10th September            1100 – 1700

                                                           Walks: 1130 & 1430


Guided Walks by local experts to discover Ashwell’s architectural and historical gems.  Details below.

Saturday   11.00am          An introduction to Ashwell

                  2.30pm         Chapels and Memorials

Sunday     11.30am          Clay Bat, Cob and Clunch

                 2.30pm          Origins of Ashwell and Timber-Framed  Buildings


Walks are limited to 25 persons.

Please book in advance at enquiries@ashwellmuseum.org.uk or 01462 742956

Introduction to Ashwell                    Saturday 9th September 11.00am
Starting at the museum we will look at the village today and recount some of the history and stories that have formed its past. Walk lead by Peter Greener, Curator, Ashwell Village Museum.

Chapels and Memorials             Saturday 9th September 2.30 or 2.45pm
Starting at the museum at 2.30 or the War Memorial at 2.45 to see the Lutyens memorials and the Albert Richardson Chapel of Rest then back to finish at the Art Nouveau URC Church. - teas will be available in the URC Church Hall. This walk will be lead by Dr Mervyn Miller, architectural historian with a special interest in Lutyens and the Arts and Crafts movement.

Clay Bat, Cob and Clunch                   Sunday 10th September 11.30am
From the museum we will look for the buildings made from the chalk, clay, stone and mud that Ashwell stands on. Walk lead by Peter Greener.

Origins of Ashwell and Timber-Framed buildings
                                                          Sunday 10th September 11.30am
Hear how the town of Ashwell was created and about some of the impressive buildings lining the High Street. Walk lead by David Short, Local Historian.




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