6th Sep 2018 09:00
58 free events are planned across Kirklees to celebrate Heritage Open Days which, in 2018, will extend across two long weekends – the 6th to 9th and 13th to 16th of September.
Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s superlative architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. In 2018 the programme will cover two weekends of varied walks, talks and activities.
Amongst the Kirklees highlights are celebrations concerning this year’s national theme ‘Extraordinary Women’, marking the centenary of the Act that gave the first voting rights to women, including themed events at St. James’ School, Almondbury, Dewsbury Arts Group Artspace, an ‘Extraordinary Women of the Borough event at Huddersfield Library and a guided walk by historian Jill Liddington which follows the trail of local suffragists.
Other themes include ‘Exploding Huddersfield’, a walk which will explore the boiler, chemical, fireworks, gas and gunpowder explosions that have caused death and destruction in the town, a film about famed architect Edgar Wood, best known for his remarkable house, Banney Royd, at Edgerton (which will be open for tours) and a walk around historic Almondbury.Kirklees Heritage Open Days are organised by a small committee which includes Huddersfield Civic Society.