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Heritage Open Days 2019

From 14th - 22nd September, many of The Suffolk Coast's museums and historic buildings will be opening their doors to celebrate this year's Heritage Open Days.

With over 100 events across the towns and villages on The Suffolk Coast, there's plenty on offer to suit all ages and tastes.

We've picked a few that you might like to check out!

Gippeswyck Hall & The Avenue Theatre - 14th & 15th September

TTDA - Red Rose Chain - Avenue Theatre

A chance to explore Gippeswyk Hall and The Avenue Theatre, home of Red Rose Chain, and learn all about its fascinating history & current incarnation through tours running throughout Saturday and Sunday. 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Red Rose Chain in their quest for a new venue - The Avenue Theatre - behind the Grade II* listed Tudor Gippeswyk Hall. Inspired by the sort of barn structure which might have once stood there, creating a new purpose as a leading inclusive arts and heritage venue.

Opening times: 10am - 4pm

No booking required.

Marina Theatre, Lowestoft - 14th September

TTDA - Marina Theatre - at Night

Take a behind the scenes history tour or attend a technical workshop at the wonderful Victorian Marina Theatre. Explore its secret corners and discover more about its fascinating history. A chance to explore behind the scenes of this wonderful theatre by taking a guided history tour of the building including many areas not normally on view to the public.

Or participate in a free technical workshop to learn more about how the theatre operates!

Opening times: History Tours 11am, 1pm, 3pm - Technical Workshops 12pm & 14pm

Pre-booking preferred on 01502 533200

Historic Bus Tours at East Anglia Transport Museum, Lowestoft - 14th September

TTDA - East Anglia Transport Museum - Trolley Bus

Take a nostalgic trip back in time by hopping on board an historic Lowestoft bus for a free tour of the town and surrounding area!

The East Anglia Transport Museum will be running an hourly free bus service using several of their fantastic historic vehicles to transport visitors around the various Heritage Open Day sites - hop on or off as often as you like! The hourly bus service will stop off at Oulton Broad (Bridge Road), Lowestoft Railway Station, the town centre (Gordon Road), historic High Street, Claremont Pier, Pakefield & the East Anglia Transport Museum (normal admission charges apply for the Transport Museum). Additional stops may be arranged as required. 

Opening times: Buses run between 10.30am - 4.30pm
No booking required.

International Boatbuilding Training College - 14th & 15th September

TTDA - IBTC - Man building boat

Ever wondered what is involved in building or repairing a boat? Come and take a look at the joinery workshop and boat shed at the International Boatbuilding Training College in Oulton Broad, which has a wide range of wooden boats from 9 to 40 ft in various stages of build and repair.

Come and see first hand how wooden boats are built.,try your hand at a number of boat building activities such as roving, caulking and knot work and watch demonstrations of steam bending, planking and the endangered skill of oar and spar making.

You can also learn more about the projects the ITBC have been involved with this year including The How Hill Trust; The Museum of the Broads; The Water, Mills and Marshes, The Excelsior Trust and Great Yarmouth Venetian Water Ways.

Opening times: 10am - 4pm

Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich - 14th & 15th September

TTDA - Ipswich Museums - Christchurch Mansion

Enjoy free tours of Christchurch Mansion courtesy of the Friends of Ipswich Museums. 

The Christchurch Mansion guides will be on hand all weekend to give short introductions to the Mansion. There will be a 'Peep into the past' tour at 11am Saturday and 2pm Sunday. In order to showcase 'People Power', throughout the day the Friends of Ipswich Museum will be on hand to show how they help raise vital funds to help purchase objects, assist in conservation and promote the Museum Service.

At 2.15pm, Conservation Technician, Carrie Willis, will be giving a free talk on how she conserved a cast of Michelangelo's Taddei Tondo.

Opening times: 10am - 5pm

Pre-booking preferred at https://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/whats-on/upcoming/

Felixstowe Museum - 15th September

TTDA - Felixstowe Museum - Plane

Come and visit Felixstowe Museum - a hidden gem!

The open day is an opportunity to visit Britain's only remaining purpose-built Submarine Mining Establishment. Within the 14 display areas you'll learn about the military, aviation and naval history of the area as well as Felixstowe's local social history.

Younger visitors can enjoy following the Trewick Owl Trail and enjoy our new children's dressing up area!

Opening times: 12pm - 4.30pm

No booking required.

Landguard Fort, Felixstowe - 15th September

Landguard-Fort-architecture-2

Overlooking the Orwell Estuary, Landguard Fort has been an important site for coastal defence, defending Harwich and Ipswich for over four centuries. Come and take a free tour of the wonderful Fort, with history spanning the Civil War to the Cold War. 

Open from 10am - 4pm

No booking required for general entry.

Pre-booking for the Outer Battery Tours is required at http://www.landguard.com/ - suitable for adults only

The Red House, Aldeburgh - 21st & 22nd September

The Red House Library

The Red House in Aldeburgh will be marking the occasion with a screening and short talk exploring Britten’s keen interest in cinema, his early career in writing film music, and later helping to support Aldeburgh Cinema (celebrating its 100th birthday this year); guided visits of the private rooms of The Red House; and an exhibition in the Archive looking at the history of shopping from the 1940s to the 1970s, looking at how documents uncover Britten and Pears’ lifestyle and the changing town.

Opening times: 1pm - 5pm

Admission is free

The Cut, Halesworth - 22nd September

The Cut - Stage

Discover more about the history of The Cut in Halesworth on Sunday 22nd September.

There will be four 60 minute guided tours of the building (highlighting preserved evidence of the original maltings) at 10.30 / 12.00 / 1.30 / 3.00 led by Simon Raven of the MALT Project.

Tours will include an illustrated/film talk in the theatre about the building in its historical and heritage context, followed by a guided walk around the building including a visit to the MALT Exhibition. 

Tours are free but should be pre-booked at The Cut Box Office – maximum number is 10 per group. 

A Guided Walk through 700 years of People Power, Ness point, Lowestoft - 21st September

Ness Point Lowestoft

Discover more about the historic buildings and links with people from their past, wartime memories, fishing & maritime stories, heritage industries and a fantastic People Power story at The Town Hall in Lowestoft. Meeting and ending at Ness Point.

This fascinating heritage guided walk, given by Suffolk Family History Lowestoft group members Janis Kirby and Sue Barnard, takes approx 60 to 90 minutes and runs from Ness Point, through Spurgeon Score, along The High Street taking in many buildings and stories. Then through Belle Vue Park, Sparrows Nest, Whapload Road to Ness Point. Sue and Janis introduce us to buildings and personalities along the route, with anecdotes and insights into their past and present and people power!

This is a free event, but places are limited and bookable at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/700-years-of-people-power-heritage-open-days-lowestoft-tickets-66622697281?utm_term=eventurl_text

Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block - 22nd September

TTDA - Bawdsey Radar - Family

Bawdsey Radar is where operational radar was developed that helped win the Battle of Britain. 

Discover the stories of the women and men who worked in top secret in the years leading up the war in though an exhibition, displays and a boffin trail.

The restored 1937 Transmitter Block is filled with the stories and voices of the women and men who worked at Bawdsey before and during the Second World War and helped develop operational radar. The threat from aerial bombing in the First World War was very real - could Britain develop a technology that could make the difference between failure and a decisive victory?

Come and find out more through the exhibition, interactive displays and the building itself.

Opening times: 11am - 4pm

No booking necessary.

For all Heritage Open Day events, visit https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/



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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Red Rose Chain

Red Rose Chain

Award-winning Independent theatre company based in Suffolk with community at the heart of all they do. Creators of Theatre In The Forest, East Anglia's largest outdoor theatre event, and home to Suffolk's newest creative venue The Avenue Theatre.

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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

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Discover the rich military and maritime heritage of Landguard Fort, one of England's best preserved coastal defences, with a history spanning almost 450 years. 

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Long Shop Museum

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East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

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The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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Bawdsey Radar

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The Lettering Arts Centre 

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Waveney & Blyth Arts

Waveney & Blyth Arts

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The Red House, Aldeburgh 

The Red House, Aldeburgh

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

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National Trust Dunwich Heath

National Trust Dunwich Heath

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

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Ipswich Museums

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Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

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Suffolk Museums

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Angels & Pinnacles (Suffolk churches)

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

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David Silver Honda Collection 

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A collection of 200 Honda Motorcycles, artefacts, books and magazines charting the history of Honda from 1946-1992.

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The Briarbank Bar & Brewery

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Ferini Art Gallery

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International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) 

International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC)

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Aldeburgh Cinema

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The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust

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Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

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Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

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Felixstowe Museum

Felixstowe Museum

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Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

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Ipswich Town and Waterfront

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The Cut - Halesworth

The Cut - Halesworth

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