Heritage Open Days: 10 – 19 September 2021
Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore. Here’s just a taste of some of the great events that are happening in our region…
Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Fort Nelson
The Royal Armouries,Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham PO17 6AN
Join one of our special tours of some of the behind-the-scenes places at Fort Nelson not normally open to the public.
There are two tours:– Victorian Officers’ Quarters– The West Tunnel
Each tour will last 30 minutes.
Capacity is limited to 12 people per tour and tours must be booked in advance.
Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 September
Victorian Officers’ Quarters tour: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm
West Tunnel tour: 11am, 12pm, 2pm,3pm, 4pm
When Tankers Collide -The Pacific Glory Disaster
The Hovercraft Museum, Marine Parade West, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13 9NS
On 23 October 1970, two tankers collided off the Isle of Wight and set in motion a chain of events that led to a huge fire on the Pacific Glory, an almost impossible salvage operation, a potential environmental disaster…and fourteen people dead.
This illustrated talk is brought to you by Richard M Jones, historian, respected author and Royal Navy serviceman. Follwing the disaster, Richard meticulously researched the collision for five years to write When Tankers Collide – the Pacific Glory Disaster. He says in his book: “There are exclusive photos of the ship during salvage operations, views from the people involved and previously erroneous media reports have been corrected.” You’ll see and hear much of this in his presentation which takes place in a unique venue, aboard The Princess Anne hovercraft.
Sunday 12 September: 1-2pmSunday 19 September: 1-2pm
Pre-booking is required, visit www.gosportheritage.co.uk/booking-2021
If you need special assistance with booking, please telephone 07849 399823 or email email@example.com. Booking closes on 17 September at 5pm.
Across the Creek: 21 Years of Gosport’s Millennium Bridge
Gosport Millennium Bridge, Weevil Lane, Gosport PO12 1AY
Come and find out more about Gosport’s award-winning Millennium Bridge and help us to celebrate 21 years since the construction of our beautiful Big White Bridge. This bridge, for walking and cycling only, is part of the Millennium Trail which links the Royal Navy Submarine Museum to Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower. It provides amazing harbourside views.
You can peruse a display of the history of the Forton Creek crossing from medieval times to present day. There will be information about the design and construction of the bridge and its environment (which is surrounded by a Site of Special Scientific Interest). Share your stories and tell us how you use the bridge…
There will also be opportunities to take part in filming for a celebratory documentary about the bridge.
Saturday 11 September: 10am-4pmSunday 12 September: 10am-4pm
No booking required.
CWGC Tour – Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3NT
Join this guided tour of Portsmouth Naval Memorial and discover the extraordinary tales of the First and Second World War casualties commemorated here. With over 25,000 casualties remembered on this memorial, this is your chance to hear the personal stories of those involved in some of the most significant battles in history. You will also be able to observe a live demonstration of one of our stonemasons at work showcasing the skill needed to care for sites in the UK and across the world.
Sunday 19 September:10am, 11.30am, 2pm, 3.30pm
Pre-booking is required. Contact Will Reid on 07425 756521 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pies and Prejudice
Abbey House, The Broadway, High Street, Winchester SO23 9BE
Enjoy an amusing and entertaining exploration of the significance of food in Jane Austen’s books and letters. Two characters, Jenny, the new cook and Charlotte, the lady of the house, share opinions on food, health, gardening and marriage in a piece written by 2TimeTheatre’s Artistic Director, Cecily O’Neill. This combination of theatre and food creates an original and delicious entertainment.
Friday 10 & Saturday 11 September: 11.30am and 2.30pm
Pre-booking is required at www.winchesterheritageopendays.org
To book and for further information on these and other events visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk