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Bonanza of 2016 Huddersfield Heritage Open Days events

Posted on 19 August 2016 by Chris Marsden

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This year’s Huddersfield Heritage Open Days’ range of sites and events is the most extensive and varied Heritage Open Days programme the town has offered, with old favourites alongside 16 exciting new entries. The programme of 29 events, 8-11 September, has been co-ordinated by Discover Huddersfield.

Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest festival of history and culture, involving over 40,000 volunteers. Every year, over four days in September, thousands of sites across the country invite you in to explore local treasures of every age, style and function, and many special events are held. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

Vernon O’Reilly, Chair of Discover Huddersfield, said “We are hugely grateful to the site organisers and volunteers for all the work they do”.

Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Established in 1994, it is England’s contribution to the European Heritage Days, which is held annually in September in 50 signatory states to the European Cultural Convention.

The 16 new Huddersfield openings and events are; Beaumont Park, Briarcourt, Bullecourt Museum, Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Holy Trinity Church crypt, Huddersfield Town Centre Lion Hunt, John Smith’s Stadium, Lockwood Baptist Church, Royds Hall Community School, St Stephen’s, Lindley Churchyard tours, St Thomas’s Church and University of Huddersfield Campus Trail. Three of the new events are also part of 4th World Congress of Psychogeography; Ghost Trails of Diaspora, Scavenger’s Hunt and Walking Over Mines. All are detailed in a free booklet.

The full Huddersfield programme is at available to download at and in the Huddersfield Heritage Open Days events booklet available from local libraries and other information points.

There are 15 other openings across Kirklees; from Marsden to Birstall, from High Flatts to Gomersal; all are listed in the Huddersfield Heritage Open Days booklet.

Vernon O’Reilly said “We are also grateful to our sponsors, who have made the booklet possible. They are Kirklees Council (Museums & Galleries), Northern Rail, The Media Centre, the University of Huddersfield (Heritage Quay)”

More information about Heritage Open days is available and the national programme will be available at by the August bank holiday.

Local updates will be available through facebook DiscoverHuddersfield and twitter @discover_hudds

Discover Huddersfield, , is a community-led partnership offering new ways to experience the town’s buildings, businesses and social history. We offer a wide range of printed town trails and a programme of guided walks. The Heritage Open Days programme has been developed for DH by Huddersfield Civic Society, Huddersfield Local History Society, Kirklees Libraries and Museums, Heritage Quay and the Huddersfield Society of Architects, supported by a student intern from the University History Dept.