Three Heritage Open Days are taking place in Bury to celebrate and show off some of the borough’s ‘hidden gems’.
Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s history and architecture by offering access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
The following events, which are all free, have been organised by Bury Tourist Information Centre (TIC):
- Fusilier Tour of Bury - Thursday 7 Sept.
In 1968 the newly-created Royal Regiment of Fusiliers inherited the proud traditions of the Lancashire Fusiliers, including a special relationship with the people and town of Bury that dated back to 1873 and was marked in 1947 by the granting to the Fusiliers of the Freedom of Bury. The story of this unique relationship is to be seen in physical form throughout Bury, and this tour will seek out the buildings, monuments and public references to the Fusiliers that are part of the fabric of Bury. The tour lasts 90 minutes, starting at 2pm at the Fusilier Museum in Moss Street, Bury.
- St Anne’s Church, Tottington - Saturday 9 Sept.
Join Hugh Bearn, vicar at St Anne’s Church in Tottington, for a guided walk around this Georgian place of worship. The church holds many tales from when it was first built in 1799 (at a cost of £50) to the present day. Hear about its connections to William Wilberforce and also the Von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music” - from mid-century riots to flying bombs, there is plenty to intrigue. Meet at 11am at the church door in Chapel Street, Tottington for the 45-minute tour.
- Bury Art Museum - Saturday 9 Sept.
Celebrate Bury Art Museum with an authentic Edwardian tour of its fantastic collection and surroundings. Your host will be an Edwardian Museum guide who will guide you through some of its treasures with a few surprises on the way. Meet at 2pm in the museum foyer.
Places on all three of these events are free, but must be booked: ring 0161 253 5111 or drop into the TIC, based in the Fusilier Museum, where you can pick up a printed leaflet about the tours.
Press release issued: 24 August 2017.