7-10 September2017     #allourstories

From the Cider Museum in Hereford to narrow boats in Stoke on Trent and lime kilns in Worcestershire to the Rugby Hall of Fame in Warwickshire, hundreds of sites across the West Midlands are preparing to share their culture and reveal their hidden histories for Heritage Open Days 2017. This year over 300 sites will be taking part, with FREE admission to every event – including 14 National Trust Properties.

NEW! The Old Coventry Evening Telegraph Building, Coventry
The iconic building was Coventry Evening Telegraph’s former headquarters and has been a local for almost 50 years. Now owned by Complex Development Projects, who plan to retain much of the 1950’s design, the building is being opened up for tours and a display telling the story of the Coventry Evening Telegraph.
Thur-Sun 10am-4pm (pre-bookable tours)

NEW! Clifford Castle, Hereford
A privately-owned, 11th century border castle overlooking the River Wye, this newly-restored building offers a unique opportunity to see one of the smaller castles which defended the border with Wales. Visitors can see the outer bailey and gatehouse, and – by climbing a steep path – can enter through a second gatehouse to the inner bailey, protected by five round towers. There are fabulous views from here over the River Wye and in the distance the Black Mountains
Sat & Sun 10.30am-4pm

NEW FAMILY FUN ACTIVITY! Hanley Park, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
An introduction to Hanley Park’s fascinating 120 year story and the latest on the £6 million restoration project underway and due for completion In 2018. There are ‘Fountains of Fun’ for the family on Saturday when you can make a splash the Victorian way. Dress for mess and craft your own fountain using principles of gravity, pressure and plenty of water.
Guided Park Walks: Thurs 6pm, Sun 2pm
Foundations of Fun: Sat 10am-midday

NEW! Broseley Pipeworks, Telford, Shropshire
The Broseley Pipeworks is an original 19th century clay tobacco pipe factory, abandoned in 1960, and restored by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in the early 1990s. It is open during the summer season as part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, but for the HODS event there will be an opportunity to get a closer view of how buildings like this are rescued, including original documents from the archaeology survey.

NEW! ‘Forest, River & Royals’ – the story of Bewdley, Worcestershire
A ‘Son et Lumiere’ performance on the banks of the River Severn, telling the story of the major influences that enabled the town to flourish since the 13th century. Told through narration, music and song, lighting effects will change the colour of the river. An original work written by a Bewdley composer, celebrating the Wyre Forest, River Severn and the Royal charters and patronage.
Sat & Sun 8pm

Gilbert & Gordon: If all the World Could See How In Love We Are, Oswestry
Celebrate the extraordinary story of Gilbert and Gordon, two WWII soldiers, whose affair is told through a series of letters recently discovered in Oswestry. Visitors will be able to write their own love letters and consign them to a memorial flame which will burn throughout the weekend; ashes from the fire will then be made into a commemorative diamond.
Thur: Flame lighting ceremony: 12pm, Sat: Curator’s talk 2-3.30pm
Sun: Flame extinguishing ceremony: 7.41pm


ENTRY FEE WAIVED, Berrington Hall, Leominster, Herefordshire
National Trust Property
Berrington sits within ‘Capability’ Brown’s final garden and landscape, and this year sees the start of planning our Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds Restoration Project. Visitors can explore Browns’s work in the gardens, discover the jewel-like interiors designed by Henry Holland and explore the hidden ‘below stairs.’
Sat 10am-5pm