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Heritage Open Days returning to borough with an Edible theme

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Some of Dudley borough’s most interesting and historical buildings will be offering events and online tours from this weekend as part of the national Heritage Open Day events.

Dudley Council is working with partners to showcase buildings across the borough that might not typically be open to the public from 10 to 19 September, with this year’s theme ‘Edible England’ being widely promoted.

Eleven key heritage buildings in Dudley town will offer virtual tours including Priory House, the former Dudley School of Art and Free Library, Dudley Town Hall, Coroner’s Court, Old Police Buildings, Memorial Tower and the former Brooke Robinson Museum, Crown Public House, Old Police Station and three churches.

The tours can be viewed at www.dudleyheritageopendays.org.uk from September 10. Downloadable leaflets about the history of the buildings are included, which have been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund through the Dudley Townscape Heritage Programme.

There will be events at St Edmund’s Church on Saturday 11 September, from 10am to 2pm, with a display about the Growing up in Dudley project, and Top Church on Saturday 18 September, from 11am to 3pm, with a ‘Brilliant Bread’ event offering children’s activities.

The former Crown Public House is throwing its doors open on Saturday 11 September between 10am to 4pm, where the Dudley Society of Artists is hosting an exhibition, with input from the West Midlands Historic Building Trust.

A number of other activities and events are taking place in Brierley Hill, Stourbridge and Halesowen. People can find full details at www.heritageopendays.org.uk

There will be self-guided trails including an updated version of the Dudley Time Trail and Halesowen Architectural Heritage Trail. People can see more at www.discoverdudley.org.uk/walking-trails

Other borough buildings opening their doors include Thomas Robinson building in Lye, St John’s Church in Brockmoor, St Mary’s and St Michael’s churches in Brierley Hill and St Peter’s in Halesowen. In Stourbridge, the Quaker meeting house, the Bonded Warehouse and Stourbridge Glass Museum will also be open.

Councillor Simon Phipps, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:

Dudley Council is working with our partners and community groups to encourage the organisation of Heritage Open Day events in the borough.
As well as the virtual tours of some of the borough’s most fascinating and historic buildings, we are also pleased to be able to see more in-person events being arranged this year.
In addition, we will be celebrating some of the history behind our much-loved local businesses across social media and their links to the Edible England theme.

Heritage Open Days is a scheme that encourages owners of historically important buildings to open them free of charge to the public. It is supported by the National Trust and the People’s Postcode Lottery and promotes the historic environment of the borough.

For more information about Growing up in Dudley visit www.facebook.com/DudleyPeoplesArchive, the Facebook group ‘Growing Up in Dudley’ and on Instagram look for @dudley_peoples_archive

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