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Where to go for Heritage Open Days in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 12:58 04 September 2019 | UPDATED: 13:52 04 September 2019

Landguard Fort at Felixstowe Picture: SUPPLIED BY EAST SUFFOLK COUNCIL

Landguard Fort at Felixstowe Picture: SUPPLIED BY EAST SUFFOLK COUNCIL

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September is the month for Heritage Open Days, free opportunities to discover more about the people and places that have shaped Suffolk through the ages

Heritage Open Days, England's largest festival of history and culture, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, with thousands of free events taking place over 10 days from September 13-22. It's a fabulous opportunity to explore places, some of them not normally open to the public, and learn more about the fascinating heritage of our region.

Inspired by positive changes in the past, a special programme of People Power themed events will highlight historic and contemporary communities, groups and people who have made positive change, buildings saved, greenspaces created, friendships forged, campaigns fought and voices heard.

Last year, more than 3 million visitors attended 5,500 events, helped by more than 40,000 volunteers, but many people still aren't aware of Heritage Open Days and the huge range of events on offer.

So, Heritage Open Days hopes to use the 25th anniversary to find ways to connect with different communities and individuals, and to encourage them to take part, volunteer or visit. So, here are just some of the events and places you can visit in Suffolk.

For details of all the events visit heritageopendays.org.uk

The iconic curved landmark sits at the top of Princes Street, just minutes from Ipswich town centre. Picture: DARREN POWERThe iconic curved landmark sits at the top of Princes Street, just minutes from Ipswich town centre. Picture: DARREN POWER

Lowestoft

1) The Lowestoft Scores Exhibition

Flint House, 80 High Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1XN

Creative interpretations and displays using the research work done by volunteers during the Scores Project. Trail maps and tours, opportunities for visitors to share their scores stories.

The Lowestoft Scores Project aims to enhance and improve some of the 11 scores that have been subject to anti-social behaviour, neglect and decay and bring a new focus to these important areas.

September 14, 15, 21 & 22: 10am-3pm. No booking required

Lowestoft scores ghost

2) History Talks at The Station 'Parcel Office'

The Parcel Rooms, Lowestoft Central Railway Station, Denmark Road, Lowestoft, NR32 2EG

A series of fascinating illustrated history talks by a line up including experienced valuer and auctioneer Elizabeth Talbot.

2.30pm The Life of Nicholas Everitt by Rodney Duerden

3.30pm Stranger on the shore: The Riddle of Lowestoft's Unknown German airman by Bob Collis

4.30pm Up Before the beak by Janis Kirby

5.30pm TBA by Elizabeth Talbot. All above times September 14. No booking required

Lowestoft Promenade

3) Historic Bus Tours courtesy of the East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum, Chapel Road, Carlton Coalville, Lowestoft, NR33 8BL

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.

September 14: 10.30am-4.30pm. No booking required

Lowestoft

Aldeburgh

4) The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House, Golf Lane, Aldeburgh, IP15 5PZ

Special events include a screening and talk, Benjamin Britten and Film, half-hourly guided visits of the private rooms of Britten's and Pears' home and an exhibition about shopping trends on Aldeburgh High Street from the 1940s to 1970s. Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He wrote a vast amount of music and wanted everyone to enjoy it - professional and amateur musicians, music enthusiasts, children and families.

He was born in 1913 and raised in Lowestoft, and Suffolk was the backdrop for nearly his entire life. At The Red House in Aldeburgh he lived with Peter Pears, his muse and life partner, for nearly two decades until his death in 1976. As well as exploring Britten's music, visitors to The Red House can find out more about his life with Pears. The house, with its classic 1950s/60s interiors, is a mix of formal and cosy, with an eclectic range of books, art, and furniture. The large gardens are for wandering around and enjoying the peace and quiet of this corner of Suffolk.

September 21 & 22: 1pm-5pm. No booking required

 
	Views of Martello Tower Aldeburgh Open Weekend 
Views of Martello Tower Aldeburgh Open Weekend

5) Martello Tower

Slaughden Road, Aldeburgh, IP15 5NA

The largest and most northerly of the chain of towers built by the Board of Ordnance against invasion by Napoleon. Built in the shape of a quatrefoil for four heavy guns, nearly 1 million bricks were used in its construction.

It stands at the root of the Orford Ness peninsula, between the River Alde and the sea, a few hundred yards from Aldeburgh.

The Landmark Trust acquired the Martello Tower in the 1970s when it was in a poor state of repair and extensive repairs were carried out.

September 14 & 15: 10am-4pm. No booking required

Martello tower, Aldeburgh - where artist Antony Gormley is planning to place a statue for a year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Landmark Trust.Martello tower, Aldeburgh - where artist Antony Gormley is planning to place a statue for a year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Landmark Trust.

Woodbridge

6) Ecclesiastical Walk through Woodbridge

Station Building, Station Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4AU

From Saxon foundation parish church to non-conformist chapels to Catholicism restoration and Victorian expansion, this walk visits places of Christian Worship, led by the Rotary Club of Woodbridge.

September 14: meet at 10 am, tour from 10:20am-12.30pm. No booking required

Woodbridge

7) Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block

Bawdsey, Woodbridge, IP12 3BA

The restored 1937 Transmitter Block is filled with the stories and voices of the women and men who worked at Bawdsey in top secret in the years leading up to and during the Second World War.

Discover how their work to develop operational radar helped win the war. Exhibition, displays and a boffin trail.

September 22: 11am-4pm. No booking required

Bawdsey Transmitter Block. Picture: IAN LAMBERTBawdsey Transmitter Block. Picture: IAN LAMBERT

Felixstowe

8) Landguard Fort

Overlooking the Orwell Estuary, Landguard has been an important site for coastal defence, defending Harwich and Ipswich for over four centuries.

Free tour, history spanning the Civil War to the Cold War, Georgian and Victorian Fortresses. Pre-booking for the Outer Battery Tours (adults only).

September 15: 10am-4pm. No booking required

Landguard Fort, Felixstowe.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNLandguard Fort, Felixstowe. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

9) Felixstowe Museum

View Point Road, Felixstowe, IP11 3TW

Housed in Britain's only remaining purpose-built Submarine Mining Establishment. Military, aviation, naval and social history of the area. Trewick Owl Trail and children's dressing up area.

September 15: 12pm-4.30pm. No booking required

Landguard Fort, Felixstowe.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNLandguard Fort, Felixstowe. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ipswich

10) St Peter's by the Waterfront & The Ipswich Charter Hangings

College Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BF

An historic mariners' church with links to Thomas Wolsey. Heritage displays, about the church from the 12th century to the present day.

Home to the Ipswich Charter Hangings, created to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter to Ipswich by King John in 1200, depicting Ipswich through the ages from the pre-Viking period.

September 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20: 10am-4pm

September 18: 10am-2pm. No booking required

The Willis Building in Ipswich lit up at night  Picture: Ipswich SocietyThe Willis Building in Ipswich lit up at night Picture: Ipswich Society

11) Unitarian Meeting House

Friars Street, Ipswich, IP1 1TD

Built in 1699 and one of the architectural gems of Ipswich. Original box pews, a magnificent pulpit carved in the style of Grinling Gibbons, Dutch 17th century candelabra and an even earlier clock.

September 14: 10am-5pm

September 15: 12pm-4pm. No booking required

Exploring the history of Ipswich's churches on an afternoon walking tour.
The Unitarian Meeting House.Exploring the history of Ipswich's churches on an afternoon walking tour. The Unitarian Meeting House.

12) Isaacs & Isaac Lord Machine Room Tours

7 Wherry Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1AS

Learn about the history of Isaacs on the Quay, a Grade I and Grade II listed site located on the Ipswich Waterfront, dating back to the early 15th century. Visit the fully restored corn-dressing machinery room and see it in action.

September 15: 11am & 12pm. No booking required

Ipswich Marina

13) Ipswich digital trail launch

University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building, 19-21 Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1QJ

Suffolk Archives has launched a free app of historic trails, unlocking points on a treasure-hunt style walk.

Learn about key sites in Ipswich, answer quiz questions. Downloaded on September 14. Self-guiding or guided walk from the university building.

September 14: 2pm. No booking required

Reflections of Princes Street in the Willis BuildingReflections of Princes Street in the Willis Building

14) Made and Saved Exhibition

Quay Place, St Mary At The Quay, Key Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BZ

Discover Quay Place and the people who made and saved this 600-year-old medieval church.

September 13, 16, 17, 18, 19: 10am-4pm

September 14: 11am-3pm

September 20: 10am-3pm

September 21: 10am-12pm. No booking required

Ipswich Marina by night

15) Willis Towers

Friars Street, Ipswich, IP1 1TA

Tour Lord Foster's famous building, a milestone in the career of the world famous architect, opened in 1975.

September 14:10am-3pm

September 15: 11am-4pm. No booking required

Cleaning the glass of the Willis Building  Picture: JAKE FOXFORDCleaning the glass of the Willis Building Picture: JAKE FOXFORD

16) Ipswich Town Hall

Corn Exchange, Town Hall, Ipswich, IP1 1DH

Guided tours by the Town Sergeant of Ipswich, including the Town Hall, Mayor's Parlour and Corn Exchange.

High ceilings, marble pillars and grand staircases give a magnificent backdrop to civic life. Paintings and artefacts of the town's history.

September 14: 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm

September 15: 11am, 12pm. No booking required

17) The Old Custom House

Key Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BY

The Old Custom House will be open on the ground floor. Special display of local maritime heritage images and artefacts.

September 14 & 15: 11am-4pm

Hot weather at Broomhill swimming pool, Ipswich 

Dated Aug 1990Hot weather at Broomhill swimming pool, Ipswich Dated Aug 1990

18) Broomhill Pool

Sherrington Road, Ipswich, IP1 4HT

One of 17 Listed lidos in Britain, the Modern style pool building is one of the most attractive Lido style open-air pools in Britain, and has an unrivalled position on the edge of Broomhill Park.

The pool is expected to be enhanced, fully restored and reopened by 2021.

September 14 & 15: 10am-4pm. No booking required

A feast of angles, levels and concrete detailing - Broomhill Pool awaits filling in 1938. The aerator in the foreground is - unusually - screened off from the pools. the original 5m diving board is still in place - a rarity nowadays, says Liquid Assets. This, together with the pool's deep end, which is also 5m deep, makes Broomhill ideal for training and sub-aqua divers

Please make it clear that images are from the book Liquid Assets, written by Janet Smith and published by English Heritage.
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A feast of angles, levels and concrete detailing - Broomhill Pool awaits filling in 1938. The aerator in the foreground is - unusually - screened off from the pools. the original 5m diving board is still in place - a rarity nowadays, says Liquid Assets. This, together with the pool's deep end, which is also 5m deep, makes Broomhill ideal for training and sub-aqua divers Please make it clear that images are from the book Liquid Assets, written by Janet Smith and published by English Heritage. EADT 20 08 05 EADT 2 12 06

Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

19) Bardwell Church Heritage Trail

St Peter & St Paul, Bardwell, Bury St. Edmunds, IP31 1AH

Grade I listed, the church dates from the 15th century and has many nationally important heritage features, including a hammer beam roof with original medieval painting, 87 feet tower, an angel boss dated 1421, medieval stained glass windows, one of which is Sir William de Berdewell.

September 14: 10am-4pm, tour 11am & 2pm

September 15: 12.30pm-4pm, tour 2pm. No booking required

20) The Rise and Fall of Rougham Hall

Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, IP30 9HZ

An introductory historical talk by George Agnew in the Meadow Room at Blackthorpe Barn, followed by a two-hour walk to the ruins of Rougham Hall and back, seeing parts of the old parkland and gardens.

September 15: 10am-1pm. Booking: 01284 758000

Rougham Hall. Picture: EMMA MARTINRougham Hall. Picture: EMMA MARTIN

21) National Trust Ickworth

Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5QE

An Italianate Palace in the heart of an ancient deer park. Formal gardens, and pleasure grounds, expansive Suffolk landscape and woodlands for gentle strolls or long walks, runs, bike rides and picnics.

Explore the impressive Rotunda, a magnificent showcase commissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol. Experience 1930s domestic service in the restored servants' basement, sharing the real stories and memories of former staff who kept this country estate running.

September 13 & 14: 10am-5pm. No booking required

22) Suffolk Regiment Museum Roof Open Days

The Keep, Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3RN

The Keep, built in 1878, is the only surviving building from the former Suffolk Regiment Depot.

The building now houses the award-winning Suffolk Regiment Museum telling the story of the regiment from its foundation in 1685 to amalgamation with the Royal Norfolk Regiment in 1959.

This is the only occasion visitors will be able to enjoy the view across the local area from the roof of the historic building.

September 14,15, 21, 22: 9.30am-3.30pm, roof access 10.30am-3pm. No booking required

The Suffolk Regiment Museum at The KeepThe Suffolk Regiment Museum at The Keep

23) Dissent, Riot and Rebellion (a guided walk)

War Memorial, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds

Civil unrest, rioting in the streets, even bloody violence. Enjoy stories from 1100s, when the Abbey ruled every aspect of life, through the turbulent events of the next seven centuries during which the expression 'Bury Stirs' was coined.

September 14 & 22: 10.30am. Book: 01284 758000

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Suffolk Regiment Museum at the Gibralter Barracks in Bury St Edmunds was open on New Years Day.

The Roubaix Drum from 1940 1st Battalion Suffolk Regiment

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24) Mildenhall & District Museum

King Street, Mildenhall, IP28 7EX

Something for everyone from flints and fossils to the 1950s. View the Anglo Saxon Lakenheath Warrior, his horse and artefacts from the grave of about AD500.

Discover the 1934 Air Race from Mildenhall to Australia, Roman treasure and the strategic Second World War airbase. Guided walk from the museum to the 14th century church via the Market Place.

September 15: 2pm-4.30pm. Book the walk: 01638 716970

25) Rede Hall Farm Park

Chedburgh, IP29 4UG

Two breeds of Heavy Horse, primarily the Suffolk Punch and the Shire. Horse drawn vehicles and harness room, fauna and flora conservation.

September 16 & 18: 10am-12pm. Book: 01284 758000

Newmarket

26) The Jockey Club Rooms

101 High Street, Newmarket, CB8 8JL

Guided tour of the rooms and collection of sporting art and memorabilia, learn about the illustrious history of The Jockey Club.

September 14: 10am & 11.30am. Book: 01638 663101

Sudbury

27) Simon's Head and Open Tower St Gregory's Church

47 Gregory Street, Sudbury, CO10 1BA

Simon of Sudbury was Archbishop of Canterbury before meeting a messy death at the hands of a London mob in the Peasants' Revolt in 1381. Simon was at the Tower of London where he was decapitated by the peasants. The rest of his body lies at Canterbury Cathedral.

Climb the 102 steps of the tower and for views over the River Stour, Sudbury and beyond.

September 21: Church & Simon's Head 10am-5pm. Tower 10am-12pm. No booking required

14/2/11; Simon of Sudbury's skull is to be removed from St Gregory's Church in Sudbury to be taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury for facial reconstruction scans.14/2/11; Simon of Sudbury's skull is to be removed from St Gregory's Church in Sudbury to be taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury for facial reconstruction scans.

28) Buzzards Hall

Friar Street, Sudbury, CO10 2AA

Buzzards Hall dates from the 15th century and in the 18th century was the home of Thomas Gainsborough, uncle of artist Thomas Gainsborough.

He gave Thomas money to go to London so he could pursue his career as an artist. The building is now a restaurant but the owner has given access to see the large inglenook fireplace, fine panelling and carvings.

September 21: 10am-12pm, 3pm-4pm. No booking required

Clare Castle Country Park. Picture: CHRIS SHIMWELLClare Castle Country Park. Picture: CHRIS SHIMWELL

Clare

29) Clare Castle Country Park

Malting Lane, Clare, CO10 8NW

Explore the park and the centre of the medieval town of Clare. See the refurbishment of the Old Goods Shed from Clare's railway heritage, part of a major National Lottery Heritage Fund project.

Archaeological and other displays, tours of the newly extended Town Trail, Ancient House Museum open, visit to the top of the castle motte and the moat. Visit an archaeological dig in the park led by Suffolk Archaeology. Platform One café open all day.

September 20 & 21: 10am-4pm

September 22: 10am-3pm. Town Trail Tour 11am & 2pm , Park Tour 10.30am & 1.30pm . Book tours: 01284 758000

Feature on Clare. Clare Castle.Feature on Clare. Clare Castle.

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