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Date/Time
Date(s) - 17/06/2017
All Day


Saturday June 17

 

A Manchester Mystery Trip!  A guided tour of Manchester Town Hall………plus a bit of mystery!  Do you fancy coming along and joining us?  Ring 01928712509 for further details

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 20/07/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Thursday July 20

A visit to Arley Hall with a guided tour by Lord Ashbrook

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 08/09/2017 - 09/09/2017
All Day

Location
Widnes Masonic Hall


Freemasons42017 is an important year for Freemasonry. It is the 300th anniversary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge of England (the oldest in the world). 2017 is also a big year for Halton, with the opening of the new Mersey Gateway Bridge.

To help celebrate the historical importance of bridges in the development of the borough, Widnes Freemasons are delighted to host in our hall a historic display created by the Halton Heritage Partnership, themed around the development of Widnes in general and the important role that bridges have had in the prosperity of the borough.

Visitors will not only be able to visit this exhibition but also others with a masonic theme, with various masonic regalia on display. We will have fact sheets, with interesting snippets to guide you.

Freemasons will also be available to answer questions and there will be talks in our Lodge room (at 3pm on the Friday and 12.30 and 3.30 pm on the Saturday) about how a Freemason’s Lodge operates and where people will be able to see Masons in full dress regalia.

If you would like any more information about the history of the town and Freemasonry, the Widnes Group have recently published a booklet entitled “Widnes and the Bridges to Freemasonry”, celebrating the 300 years of organised Freemasonry, which will be available at the hall.

Opening Times
Friday 8 September: 1400-1800, Talk 1500
Saturday 9 September: 1100-1700, Talk 1230 & 1530

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/09/2017 - 10/09/2017
All Day

Location
All Saints' Church, Daresbury


LewisCarrollCentreAll Saints church in the village of Daresbury was originally founded as a chapel of ease to Norton Priory, over 850 years ago. The present church was rebuilt in 1870 and has fine examples of Jacobean wood carving retained from the old church, and Victorian stained glass windows by John Hardman and Clayton and Bell. The windows in the Daniell Chapel are from 20th century, and include the memorial window to Lewis Carroll, who was born at Daresbury in 1832, and spent his boyhood in the parish.

The Lewis Carroll Centre opened in 2012, and tells the story of his life, from Cheshire parson’s son, to mathematics lecturer at Oxford University, and world famous author of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. Guides will be on hand all day on Saturday and on Sunday afternoon. Please be aware that church services can limit access at certain times, but visitors are always welcome to join us in worship. See the website diary for details.

Visitors to the village can also walk across the fields (about one and a half miles), or cycle or drive, to the site of Daresbury Parsonage, birthplace of Lewis Carroll. Bring a picnic to enjoy in lovely Cheshire countryside. Directions to the site can be found at the church.

Whilst the centre has its regular opening times (http://www.lewiscarrollcentre.org.uk/), the tours between designated times on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th Sept are unique offerings for Heritage Open Days.

Opening Times
Saturday 9 September: Tours between 10:00am and 4:00pm
Sunday 10 September: Tours between 2:00pm and 4:00pm

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/09/2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location
St Luke's Church


Join us to walk round an 11th Century church, and see and hear about the amazing history connected to this small parish church. Grave records will be available so that you can research your family trees.

There is also a tour round the village on which you can see the houses that some famous people have lived in, and hear of the social interaction which has taken place over the centuries. 

Tours of the village will take place between 11:00am and 2:00pm and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
 Tours of the church will be provided on-demand by our Guides during the opening hours.

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/09/2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location
St Mary's Church


StMarysChurchThe Church will be open from 10am to 3pm. There will be a display of historic photographs of Hale Village and other displays, as well as a chance to look round the Church and see many interesting features.

Refreshments will be available with home baked cakes and scones. There will also be a chance to go up into the tower during the day.

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/09/2017 - 10/09/2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location
Norton Priory Museum and Gardens


Halton Castle will be open with birds of prey and family activities, as well as information about the history of the castle and the latest archaeological excavations which took place in July. Try on knights’ clothing and examine replica weapons, shields and armor.

Norton Priory Museum & Gardens will also be open with free entry, free parking and free shuttle buses to and from the castle. Explore the new museum at Norton Priory and see the skeleton found at Halton Castle in 2015 on display.

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/09/2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location
St Peter's Church


IMGP3692St PetersThis unique Grade 1 listed building will be open to view its history and artefacts between 11am and 4pm. A talk will be given at 1pm. by local historian and Church Reader, Philip Littlemore, who will explain the importance of this church both in social historical context and also its links to other sites and noble families in the area – Norton Priory, Thelwell etc.

Come and learn about the fascinating life of Chloe Gambia, a black slave who worked on the Aston Estate and is buried in the Churchyard. Enjoy tea, coffee, and cakes, which will be available throughout the day.

Although the Church is fully accessible, the Churchyard ground is uneven and would not be suitable for wheelchairs.

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/09/2017
All Day

Location
Catalyst Museum


catalyst buildingVisit Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum on Sunday 10th Sept to discover all about the rich heritage of the area.

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, the area alongside the River Mersey near Spike Island was called Woodend and was simply green fields and marshland. With the construction of the canal, the locks and the railway, this area soon became the heart of the chemical industry in the North West.

At 10.30am and 1.30pm, Local Historian and Catalyst Trustee, Dr Diana Leitch MBE will be giving talks entitled ‘A Recipe for Soap’ looking at the history of soap-making in Runcorn and Widnes through three major soap producers; Gossages from Widnes and Johnson Brothers and Hazelhursts from Runcorn.

At 11.30am and 2.30pm, Catalyst Trustee, Bob Roach will be conducting guided ‘Heritage Walks’ of the local area incorporating Spike Island, the Sankey Canal and West Bank.

Throughout the day you can explore some of the artefacts in the Catalyst archive collection or trace family history with one of Catalyst’s volunteer archivists, Judith Wilde. The Catalyst galleries will also be open so you can have fun finding out about science in our Scientrific Gallery, learn about the history of the chemical industry in the Birth of an Industry Gallery or use our brand new ‘Panoramic Halton’ interactive tablets* that contain a wealth of information about the heritage of the area that you can see from the 4th floor Observatory Gallery. (*deposit required).

Elements Cafe will be open throughout the day for food, drinks and ices.

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 23/06/2018
All Day


Tour to Arkwright’s 1771 Cotton Mill at Cromford

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 19/07/2018
All Day


Summer Evening History Group Tour (tbc)

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 14/09/2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Farnworth CofE Primary School


A talk by Melanie Latham from Holly Cottage – ‘Chutney and Cheer’.  A demonstration and an opportunity to buy homemade, traditional and unusual preserves.

7.30pm, Farnworth School

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 18/08/2019
All Day


Sunday August 18

Annual outing to Ironbridge

Further details available nearer the time from the society

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