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Canaries, Butterflies & Bugs – Heritage Open Days

14th September 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Your once-a-year chance to discover some of North East Lincolnshire’s rarely seen historic treasures, with exciting experiences that bring local history and culture to life, for free as part of an international event!

This year, exciting venues being opened to the public include the Empire Theatre in Cleethorpes and areas of the Kasbah rarely seen. Other attractions, like Time Trap in Grimsby Town Hall and Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre will be open for free too.

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest and most popular voluntary cultural event and is also held in a further 48 countries across Europe.

Canaries, Butterflies and Bugs”

Location: Cleethorpes Town Hall, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes. DN35 8LN

Date/time: 14th Sept, 10am – 4pm

Is booking required? No

Event Details: It is 80 years since the start of World War 2 in1939. “Meggie’s Heritage” (Formerly Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage) with the Cleethorpes Charter Trustees are commemorating this milestone in history, with a display for Heritage Open Day in Cleethorpes Town Hall on September 14 2019. It is relevant to local people and local events.

The “Canaries” makes reference to the Canary Girls who worked in munitions factories during the war. You will find out how they got the name, and the tragic consequences. “Butterflies”, ( as all Grimsby and Cleethorpes people will know), refers to the butterfly bombs which were dropped by the Germans exclusively on the two towns on the night of 14 June 1943 . The displays and videos give lots of information about this horrific event. “Bugs” is an illuminating insight into the question of “If you weren’t killed by bombs, what did kill you in the war years?” A few medical facts will enlighten you. One of the “not to miss” parts of the display, is a video show, which shows real public information videos from the war years, an amusing RAF Pilot video which is a “Take that” send up, and the wonderful ‘Blitz Kidz” video which is the highlight of the video show. It shows all aspects of life in the war years with memorable sounds, as experienced by a “Real Meggie” who has produced the video and will be there to share memories.


14th September 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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