Heritage open days

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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.

Events for 2019 will be added as they are confirmed.

Clee town hall: Canaries, Butterflies and Bugs (Heritage Open days)

“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.

Ernest Worrall (Open Heritage Days)

Ernest Worrall: A Town at War

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

Date/time: 14th Sept to 20th Sept, 9am to 4pm (closed Sunday 15th)

Is booking required? No

Event Details:

A series of paintings by Ernest Worrall from the collections of North East Lincolnshire Museum Service. This collection is on display in North East Lincolnshire for the first time in many years.

In 1943 Grimsby Borough Council commissioned Ernest Worrall to create a series of paintings recording the impact of the Second World War on Grimsby. As a major port, the docks were used to convert fishing boats into armed vessels. This made the area a key target and it was bombed heavily throughout the War. Worrall captured scenes of bomb damage and wartime activity on the docks, creating beautiful yet heart-breaking scenes of the destruction inflicted on the town.

Time Trap Grimsby Hall (Heritage Open days)

Grimsby Town Hall

Location: Grimsby Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Grimsby DN31 1HX

Date/time: 13th and 14th Sept

Is booking required? No

Event Details: Visit the Time Trap Museum and discover Grimsby’s past, see the Great Grimsby Family History display and find out about tracing your ancestors.

Visit the Great Grimsby Town Hall to see the Assembly Room and Banqueting Room, which have been returned to their Victorian Splendour following extensive conservation work, carried out by Hurst Conservation, and support from North East Lincolnshire Assets Team, Architectural Services and the Great Grimsby Charter Trustees. Also see the refurbished Bremerhaven Room (Former Court Room) and Crosland Suite. Wander around the Council Chamber and view the civic regalia and silverware; you can also see the stained glass windows in the main entrance and in the Council Chamber.

During your visit, enter the Time Trap Museum, this surprising attraction, in the former prison cells of Grimsby Town Hall. Embark on a journey through time, uncovering the town’s colourful past through dark, twisting corridors, explore mysterious nooks and crannies and winding staircases. Treasures from the archives will also be displayed together with copies of the original building plans from 1863; this year’s theme is “Lincolnshire Learning, Wisdom and Folklore”.

Over the two days, there will also be displays by the Great Grimsby Family History Group, Grimsby Photographic Society, the North Lincs Art Society and the Councils Archives.

In addition, Free Entry to the Time Trap Museum.

Alfred Enderby Fish Smokers

Back to the Kasbah’s Future

Location: Kasbah, Grimsby Docks DN31 3NE

Date/time: 14th Sept, 10am – 4pm

Is booking required? Yes https://hod2019-backtokasbahfuture.eventbrite.co.uk

Event Details: Be transported back in time with a guided tour to explore Grimsby Kasbah’s past. Learn about and try some traditional dockside activities including net-making, visit a Traditional Smokehouse and find out what the future holds for this historic area.

Activities include:

  • Guided tours of the Kasbah (Fish Docks)
  • Guided tours of Alfred Enderby Smokehouse
  • Exhibition of old photographs and plans – can you spot any of your relatives in the photos?
  • Looking after Historic Buildings: hear about how we look after traditionally constructed buildings with Heritage Lincolnshire. They will be talking about how old buildings work and demonstrating one of the key skills used in traditional building maintenance – lime mortar pointing.
  • Grimsby Ice Factory – Making Ice for the World’s Premier Fishing Fleet. Grimsby Ice Factory was built in 1901 to provide ice for the town’s flourishing fishing industry and the ready availability of vast quantities of ice played a major part in making Grimsby home to the world’s premier fishing fleet. This Grade II* listed building is the UK’s last surviving example of industrial-scale ice-making with its equipment still in situ. It was the biggest of its kind in the world. Visit the Ice Factory display in Creative Start’s building to find out more, and listen to an illustrated talk about it at 10:30 or at 14:00.
  • Learn about net-making and ropework and have a go at it yourself with the team from Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre!

There will be a café area with refreshments available to buy, and you can make your own souvenir badge to take away with you!

Entry to the Kasbah is via pre-booked bus only, buses will depart from the Fishing Heritage Centre and include vintage Grimsby buses as well as an accessible coach.

For those attending on the day please ensure you read our Fact Sheet:

Heritage Open Day FAQs

Ross Tiger (Heritage Open days)

Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre

Location: Alexandra Dock, Grimsby DN31 1UZ

Date/time: 14th / 15th September

Is booking required? No

Event Details: Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre will be free to enter during Heritage Open Days.

Outside the centre – view the three historic vintage buses taking those who have pre-booked up to the Kasbah, learn all about how they are being conserved and repaired, and hear about their fascinating past as an integral part of Grimsby’s townscape in the 1950s.

Waltham Windmill (Heritage Open days)

People Power in Action at Waltham Windmill

Location: Waltham Windmill, Brigsley Rd, Waltham. DN37 0JZ

Date/time: 14th Sept, 10am – 4pm

Is booking required? No

Event Details: Learn about Waltham Windmill Preservation Society’s formation and its 50+ years of action to preserve and maintain Waltham’s iconic six storeyed, six sailed working mill. Climb to the top for fantastic views. Each floor has information on the milling process; a lower grain-storage floor follows Waltham mills from 1666. A DVD and time-line of the mill’s history is on the ground floor, as is the hand quern. Take a handout about the mill; souvenirs will be on sale.

The millers will gladly talk about the mill. Weather permitting, the sails will be turning! Flour is produced from local wheat and baked into delicious wholemeal loaves (both on sale, when available). Displays/exhibits will be on show around the site.

Free to enter, full of interesting items, the Museum of Rural Life (incorporating RAF Grimsby exhibition) is based in a Nissen hut, the dining hall for RAF Grimsby WAAFs during WWII. Reconstructed rooms show how life used to be before microwaves and mobile phones!  Children can learn about life in the early part of the last century through a picture quiz.

There are also various businesses on site, including a cafe.

Free parking, a children’s playground and toilet facilities are also available. Free rides on Grimsby & Cleethorpes Model Engineering Society miniature railway.

If you park on the road, please park responsibly to avoid inconveniencing nearby residents

Empire Theatre (Heritage Open days)

The Empire Theatre: Back to the Future

Location: 49-52 Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 8LE

Date/time: 14th Sept and 21st Sept, 10am-4pm

*Update 30 July 2019 – unfortunately these events are fully booked. However, there will be limited places available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Is booking required? Yes  https://hod2019the-empire-cleethorpes-extra-date.eventbrite.co.uk

Event Details: There is an exciting opportunity for the general public to see behind the scenes of this former theatre for the first time since the building closed as venue in 1960. Tread the same routes as our Victorian ancestors took when heading to their seats to watch a fabulous show.  See the original Proscenium Arch (top of the stage), walk along the balcony level (1st floor) and see where the former Billiard Room used to be. You make even be able to glimpse the original leaded windows.  The tour guide will have digital old photographs and floor plans to show you en route.

The Empire Theatre started life at a Public Hall in 1895.  It was made into a theatre in 1902, and remained so until its closure in 1960.  The building is currently an amusement arcade, but behind the glitz of the lights and machines, hides a wealth of original architecture.  As part of the Heritage Open Day there will also be an exhibition of old photographs, advertisements and plans etc, together with the draft plans for the imminent restoration and  conservation of the external facade and the internal fabric where it is hoped to bring the first and second floors back into use.

It is advisable to book the tour in advance, as there will only be limited tickets available on the day due to the restrictions on the tour route.

Grimsby Minister (Heritage Open days)

Grimsby Minster

Location: St James Square, Grimsby DN31 1EP

Date/time: 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st Sept, 10am – 3pm

Is booking required? No

Event Details: Visitors will be welcomed with a delicious array of home-baked cakes and tarts to enjoy with a cuppa within this architectural gem in the heart of Grimsby town centre.

Heritage Open Days 25th Anniversary

Great Grimsby’s Hidden Gem of the East Marsh

Location: St Mary on the Sea Catholic Church, Heneage Road, Grimsby, DN32 9DZ

Date/time: 13th Sept 10am – 4pm, 14th Sept 11am – 4pm, 15th Sept 1pm – 4pm, 17th – 20th Sept 9am – 3pm, 21st and 22nd Sept 1pm – 4pm

Is booking required? No

Event Details: This Grade II listed Catholic church dedicated in 1883 is one of the most beautiful, but largely unknown, buildings in North East Lincolnshire. Of austere appearance outside, it most certainly gives visitors the wow factor on entering its doors.

Heritage Open Days 25th Anniversary

Learning in and about Old Clee

Location: Holy Trinity and St Mary the Virgin, Church Lane, Old Clee, Grimsby, DN32 8LA

Date/time: 13th Sept, 10am – 4pm

Is booking required? No

Event Details: Join us for 30 minute guided tours of our C12th Saxon-Norman Grade I listed church. Discover eight nearby Dutch style Grade II listed houses (not open to the public). With local displays and photographs, and refreshments in the church hall nearby.