Heritage Open Days

Two weekends of FREE events in and around Hexham - Thursday 6th, Friday 7th, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September 2018

6th Sept - 16th Sept

Hexham Abbey Treasury
Friday 7 September: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Saturday 8 September: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Sunday 9 September: 11.00am to 1.00pm
Behind the medieval door at the top of the Abbey's Night Stair, is a small room called The Treasury. Find out the important role this room played in monastic life, with additional items on display from the Abbey's archive.

Hexham Moothall/People of Georgian Hexham
Saturday 15 September: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday 16 September: 10.30am to 4.30pm
We present Hexham's Georgian women in the Moothall. Two top 18th century professional cookery writers; a mother and farmer's widow turned hard-nosed lead trader and the vivid travelogue of a young lady on the Grand Tour.

Extraordinary Women Hexham Old Gaol
Saturday 15th September 11.00am to 4.00pm
Explore Hexham Old Gaol, the earliest recorded purpose-built prison in England! Hexham Gaol operated as a prison from January 1333 until the 1820s. Find out more about some Extraordinary Women, explore the spaces, discover the Border Reivers and explore the Border Library collection. Please pre-book: by calling: 01670 624523 or email oldgaol@woodhorn.org.uk

House of Correction
Tyne Green Road, Hexham
Thursday 6th, Saturday 8th, Thursday 13th,
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September
Guided walks at 2.00pm
There will be a guided walk through Hexham’s historic tannery area en-route to the House of Correction. At the House of Correction, visitors will see the ‘prison-like’ character of this two-story remnant of a much larger institution which had separate exercise yards and living accommodation for men and women. The background concept was to ‘correct’ the fault of being poor, either by teaching a basic trade or by encouraging inmates to move to a different parish so as not to be a local financial burden. Meet outside Hexham Abbey shop. To pre-book before 6th September, please contact 01670 624524 and leave a message to say which day you require.

Forum Cinema Hexham Projection Room Tours
Saturday 15th September 11.30am to 5:45pm
A 20-minute tour of the Forum Cinema projection room available for one day only! Come & see where our projectionists have worked for the past 80 years. One of our experienced projectionists will show you round & give you some history of the building.
Please pre-book on: https:www.eventbrite.com/d/united-kingdom--hexham/forum-cinema

Allen Smelting Mill & the old Allendale Station - Allendale Caravan Park, Hexham NE47 9QF
Saturday 15th September 10.00am to 11:30am
Meet at Allendale Caravan Park. Display of railway and smelting mill information. See remains of station and walk (about 600m) to smelting mill following old railway line. A smelting mill volunteer will explain the many-layered industrial site. The North Pennines once produced one seventh of the world's lead and Allen Mill smelted the lead from mines up the valley. The Hexham to Allendale line was built as a mineral railway to start the journey of the lead all over the world.

Allenheads Blacksmith’s Shop - Allenheads, Hexham NE47 9HR
Saturday 15th September 10.00am to 4.00pm
See and hear the Allenheads Blacksmith’s shop come back to life as a traditional Blacksmith works the forge, giving demonstrations throughout the day.

All Quiet — West Allen - Allen View, Ninebanks, Hexham, NE47 8DB
Saturday 8 September 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Step back to 1918 and relish the timeless beauty of the West Allen Valley. Enjoy a "Welcome Home Tea" like the returned soldiers of "The Great War". View the newly restored Ninebanks and Carrshield Rolls of Honour and visit the W.W.1 exhibition.

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