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Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Properties of every age, type and size in Chester and the Cheshire West area are opened, including churches, schools, halls, historic sites and historic buildings.

It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture and entrance is free.

This year’s events include a tour to see Victorian architecture at both our historic Chapel and at the John Douglas designed Vicarage. This talk will explore two of the architectural highlights of Parkgate Road. It takes place on Thursday, September 19 at 2.30pm. To book, visit: https://victorianarchitecture.eventbrite.co.uk/

The Chapel on the Parkgate Road Campus is also open to the public from 11am to 4pm from Monday, September 16 until Sunday, September 22. The University chapel was built between 1844 and 1847. The decorative stonework, carved interior woodwork, the organ case and some of the stained glass, were produced by the students themselves. There is a cabinet for the 77 Poppies Exhibition commemorating staff and alumni who died in the First World War.  A leaflet is available on the history of the Chapel and some of the windows and paintings.

Tickets are fast running out for a short talk and guided tour exploring the history and architecture of ‘Western Command’ – now the University’s Churchill Building on its Queen’s Park Campus. The historic World War Two site was built in 1936-7 as the headquarters for Western Command. The first tour on Friday September 20 at 11am is already fully booked. There are currently very few remaining tickets for the 1pm tour. Booking is required. Please visit: https://churchillbuildingtour.eventbrite.co.uk  to reserve your place.

The University’s Riverside Museum will be open for self-guided tours on Saturday, September 14 and Thursday, September 19 from 10am to 4pm. Based at the Riverside Campus on Castle Drive, it features curiosities from the world of medicine including an original letter from Florence Nightingale and the Returning Home exhibition on the First World War’s effects on health and social care. Disabled access can be arranged in advance. For more information contact Becky Chesworth on 01244 512095 or email fhsc.histsoc@chester.ac.uk

The University events are part of a much larger list of buildings open in the area to celebrate Heritage Open Days. For more information visit: http://historyandheritage.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/heritage-open-days/

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