Hinckley holding events for Heritage Open Days

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 12 September 2020

LOCAL HISTORY enthusiasts and families will be able to take part in a series of special events which have been arranged by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council for their Heritage Open Days in Hinckley and the surrounding district this month.

Hinckley town centre (Vaughan Moore for Hinckley Free Press)

Heritage Open Days are England’s largest festival of culture and history. The events start from Friday 11 September to Sunday 20 September.

The aim of the scheme is to open up access and provide insight to buildings which are not commonly seen by the general public.

Most years, the events include a wide range of activities, including guided walking tours, exhibitions, events, and activities, all of which appeal to both families and history enthusiasts alike.

However, to stay COVID-compliant this year, the event will provide a secure experience during the pandemic with a mix of in-person  and digital activities.

Important places will be able to be celebrated by the many people who make up communities whilst adhering to the current social distancing guidelines.

On Sunday 20 September, the Council are hosting a falconry display and fletching display in Argents Mead. Both displays will start at 10am on the day with no booking in advance required.

Safety measures for the free Mead-based event will see event stewards in attendance to make sure that those attending are sticking to the social distancing guidelines.

Attendees are being asked to sit or stand with their household members, or those who are in their social bubble of six people. They can only attend the event if they are feeling well.

Hand sanitising stations will be installed in the park for the day of the event and track and trace forms will have to be completed.

The Bond Street-based Atkins Building are offering a completely free digital exhibition online, as well as an opportunity to visit some local churches in person.

Hinckley’s Local Historian, Greg Drozdz, of the Hinckley and District Museum, and Paul Gardner of local nostalgia group Hinckley District Past and Present, have worked together on an exclusive 19-minute long local history film titled ‘Welcome to Historic Hinckley’.

The 19-minute long project created by Drozdz and Gardner explains the differences of Hinckley from its early origins to the present day times now.

Greg Drozdz, Local Historian and Hinckley & District Museum Trustee commented on the project. He said: Greg Drozdz, local historian and Trustee of Hinckley & District Museum, who writes and narrates the film explained:

“The film tells the story of how the first settlers came to Hinckley before progressing to the story of Hinckley Castle and Church, before featuring local town personalities such as Joseph Hansom of Hansom Cab fame, pioneering Doctor Robert Chessher, Brewer William Bass, and then those that lived close to town, like Ada Lovelace from Kirby Mallory, and George Fox from Fenny Drayton.

“Eventually the film moves into present day Hinckley and the changes that have taken place in more recent times.”

The video is available to view on the Hinckley District Past and Present website at www.hdpp.co.uk.

Councillor Keith Nichols, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure, Tourism and Town Centres, at the Borough Council, said:

“I am very pleased to see this event return this year and excited by the potential of the digital experiences.

“I’m looking forward to watching the film that Greg and Paul have worked so hard to produce.

“Hinckley and Bosworth has so much history and culture to offer and the digital access will allow so many more people to learn more about our heritage and history regardless of where they are in the country.”

Other activities

Other activities for the Heritage Open Days include a virtual ‘Then and Now’ exhibition on the Atkins Gallery website and a daily in-person exhibition at Stoke Golding’s Grade I listed St. Margaret’s Hall, where no booking is required and visitors can find out how the church has ‘shaped Stoke Golding’s history’.

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