The public can climb the tower at Norwich's imposing City Hall. © Norwich City Council
Locals and tourists will be exploring Norwich’s eclectic mix of hidden heritage gems next month as Heritage Open Days once again sweeps across the city.
Booking has opened for the national week of special events and openings at historic properties, galleries and museums, which runs from September 11-14 2008. In Norwich a wide ranging programme of events offers free public access to places that are normally off limits or charge entry fees.
For 2008 there are over 200 free heritage and cultural events, happening in the city – all of it co-ordinated by Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART).
Heritage fiends can get information from Norwich's towering Guildhall. © Norwich City Council
New this year will be a tour, talk and meal at the Ihsan Mosque, rides on the Discover Norwich Road Train, tours of 14th century Curat House (now Fatface) and much more.
“This year’s programme is another great showcase of Norwich’s heritage,” said Michael Loveday, Chief Executive of HEART. “We’ve listened to feedback from previous years and have a series of evening events which will be especially popular with people who work during the day.”
HODs offers free but ticketed events, drop-in events, and shop and pub window displays. Members of the public will be able to climb the tower at City Hall, or visit Norwich’s 900 year-old Castle. Elswhere they will be able to discover Norwich’s social history at the Bridewell Museum and explore its vaulted undercrofts.
Visitors will have social history at their fingertips in the Bridewell Museum. © Norwich City Council
You can pick up a free Discover Secret Norwich brochure to learn more and to book events. Brochures are available from Norwich’s Guildhall, the Tourist Information Centre, the Assembly House and Norfolk Libraries. Tickets are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
A downloadable brochure is also available on HEART’s recently overhauled website www.heritagecity.org, which boasts a new look and fresh content, including local news such as the planned regeneration of St Andrew’s and Blackfriars Halls.
Explore looming archways and marvel at the suits of armour in the castle keep. © Norwich City Council
HEART’s website redesign follows the success of a website launch for one of their flagship projects, Norwich 12 , an outstanding collection of the city’s iconic heritage buildings. For further information on the city’s rich history and to explore Norwich 12 buildings, visit www.norwich12.co.uk.
Katie Brinkley is the 24 Hour Museum/Norwich HEART Student Writer in Norwich. Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is the groundbreaking initiative to regenerate, manage and promote one of the most remarkable heritage resources in the UK and in Europe.