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More than 20 historic venues opened during St Helens' Heritage weekend
4:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
THE history books will be opened from today, Thursday, as the public is offered a fascinating insight to the buildings, people and places that have shaped the town.
Discovering where bombs were dropped, locations of air raid shelters and the role a village played in the Second World War are among the highlights of the annual St Helens Heritage Open Days festival.
The event – running until Sunday – will see 20 historic venues run a range of public activities to celebrate architecture and culture.
They include The World of Glass, Smithy Heritage Centre, St Helens Masonic Hall, St Helens Parish Church, Mill Street Volunteer Hall and the Mansion House.
Rainford Heritage Society is staging the war themed event through Saturday and Sunday with exhibits, performances and displays.
These include a Girl Guides Dig for Victory event, activities for children and a display by Liverpool Museum showing items unearthed during archaeological digs in Rainford.
Rainford council chamber will be open to the public and tours will be led by parish councillors.
Outside the hall will be a display of vintage cars and cycles. All Saints Parish Church, on Church Road, and United Reformed Church, on Higher Lane, will open on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm and 2pm to 4pm on Sunday.
Elsewhere Bridge Street department store Tyrers will be marking its 125th birthday year by recalling past eras of fashion.
On Saturday its windows will reflect styles from down the decades and staff outfits will range from the Victorian to Edwardian and even 70s punk.
Ali Tyrer, store director, said: “Our unique selling point is our heritage. Being a long-established company, we pride ourselves on maintaining the same level of quality we became known for all those years ago.”
On Saturday townspeople will be able to take a tour through St Helens Town Hall, seeing the Mayor’s Parlour, the prestigious council chamber and the elegant assembly hall.
The Gamble Building, which houses St Helens Central Library, will be running its Treasures of the Archive tours tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday. These will allow visitors to delve into the history books and see rare documents and artefacts that are not normally on public view.
Call 01744 676731 to book a tour of the Town Hall, or 01744 676954 for a Treasures of the Archives tour.
For full information, visit whatsoninsthelens.com.
For Rainford’s events, contact Ray Waring on 01744 885547, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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