Discover Warrington’s secrets

Museum Published: Tuesday, 4th September 2018

Warrington is joining England’s largest festival of history and culture, with over 30 free events.

Heritage Open Days 2018 takes place on 6-9 and 13-16 September, and across the country, venues will be throwing open their doors to give people the chance to discover the secret history of their towns, villages and countryside. It is the first time the national celebration has been held across two weekends.

In Warrington, a range of partners are working together to deliver a special programme of events, showcasing Warrington’s proud heritage and giving local people the opportunity to unlock the borough’s fascinating past. 

A key focus of this year’s festivities is ‘Extraordinary Women’, with a number of talks, walks and exhibitions, in celebration of the centenary of the Universal Suffrage Act.

It all begins on Thursday 6 September with ‘Warrington Herstories’ at Warrington Museums and Galleries, a special talk exploring the stories of local women who have helped shape life in the borough.  

On the same day, All Saint’s Church in Daresbury will host ‘Inspired by Alice’ tours, a chance to visit the church where Lewis Carroll was baptized, see his stained glass memorial window and walk across the fields and lanes to the site of Daresbury Parsonage where he was born.

The events pave the way for a packed programme of heritage events, which will see venues throughout Warrington throwing open their doors for free. Events include: 

•    Padgate Heritage Day, Sat 8 Sept, Christ Church, Station Road, WA2 0QJ 
Exploring the history of the Padgate area.

•    Deaf Museum and Archive, Sat 8 Sept, Empire Court Museum Street, WA1 1HU
Enjoy a national collection of artefacts, artwork and archive collections at the only museum in Britain that is specific to Deafness, Deaf communities and Deaf people.

•    Extraordinary Women from the Parish of Daresbury, Sat 8 Sept, Hatton Show, Daresbury Village, WA4 4AE 
Talks and exhibitions.

•    Museum of Policing in Cheshire Open Day, Sat 8 Sept, Warrington Police Station, WA1 1LQ
Housed in the Victorian cells in Warrington Police Station, the Museum of Policing collects preserves and exhibits artefacts spanning the history of policing in the county since the force was founded in 1883.

•    Museum of Freemasonry Open Day, Sat 8 and Sun 9 Sept, Warrington Masonic Hall Co Ltd, 15 Winmarleigh Street, WA1 1NB 
Enjoy guided tours of the masonic rooms and museum, a Freemasonry and World War 1 exhibition, Lady Lever masonic items, and lots of children’s activities.

•    Wolves Heritage Event, Sat 8 and Sunday 15 Sept, Halliwell Jones Stadium, WA2 7NE
Halliwell Jones Stadium will be hosting a range of events, including a programme fair, shirt sale and heritage timeline tour.

•    100 Years On - Commemorating the Great War and its impact on Lymm, Sun 9 and Sun 16 Sept, Lymm Heritage Centre, Legh Street, WA13 0DA 
Visitors can examine a collection of artefacts and photographs at relating to the First World War.

•    Fildes and His House in London, Thur 13 Sept, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, WA1 1JB
A special talk at Warrington Museum will give people the chance to discover the history of Woodland House, a luxurious Victorian London property commissioned by Warrington artist Luke Fildes, which is now a celebrity residence.

•    Burtonwood Nostalgia Weekend, Sat 15 and Sun 16 Sept, Gulliver’s World, WA5 9YZ
Commemorating the RAF/USAF air base and the personnel based there.

•    Warrington Local History Day, Sun 16 Sept, Alford Hall, Manchester Road, WA1 3NJ
Meet local historians, see photos, maps, books and displays, at Alford Hall.

•    Churches: a number of Warrington’s historic churches will be opening up their doors to the public, on both weekends, including Cairo Street Chapel, St Barnabas, St Elphin’s, St John the Evangelist, The Parish of St Luke and St Mary’s Church.

Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member culture and partnerships, Cllr Dan Price, said: “Warrington is a place that is steeped in history, and there’s so much to discover here. That’s why I’m delighted that we are taking such an active role in this year’s Heritage Open Days celebrations.

“A range of partners have worked together to deliver a diverse programme of free events, including exhibitions, walks, talks, and much more. There’s something for everyone – so don’t miss out on your opportunity to find out more about Warrington’s rich heritage.”

Vist www.heritageopendays.org.uk, and enter your postcode into the search box, for full details on all of the events happening around you.

About Heritage Open Days

•    Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. 

•    Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.”

•    Warrington Borough Council is working with Culture Warrington and a range of other partners to deliver this year’s programme.