6th Dec, 2019

Alcester to celebrate Heritage Open Day in style with a host of attractions

ALCESTER is celebrating Heritage Open Day on Sunday, September 15 in style with a host of attractions.

Coinciding with the launch of a hew heritage trail leaflet visitors can witness a ceremony to remember 100 years since the dedication of the Alcester’s Town Hall as a War Memorial, the presentation to the Town Hall of the plaque from HMS Monkshood, a celebration marking 15 years since the opening of the town’s Roman Museum, the chance to see refurbished stonework in St Nicholas Church and a chance to go behind the scenes in Church House.

    These buildings will be open:

Alcester Baptist Chapel and Meeting House: A Victorian chapel together with original 18th Century meeting house open from 12.30pm to 4pm.

Alcester War Memorial Town Hall: Magnificent grade I listed building with an exhibition showing its development over 400 years. Open 10am to 4pm.

Alcester Roman Museum: On display with fascinating artefacts from the 1st to 4th centuries AD. Open midday to 4pm.

St Nicholas Church: Grade II listed parish church has a 14th-century tower, 18th century Georgian nave, and 19th century traditional ‘Oxford revival’ Victorian chancel. Open 12.30pm to 4.30pm.

Church House: Grade II listed 15th Century former dwelling in historic Butter Street. Open midday to 4.30pm.

All events are free.

In addition the Royal British Legion will be celebrating 100 years since the Town Hall was declared a War Memorial with a small ceremony at 2pm.

A ship’s brass plaque for HMS Monkshood, bought by the Alcester and District Local History Society, is to be formally presented to the Town Hall at 2.30pm.

Built in 1941-2 this corvette was adopted by the community of Alcester, after a successful Warship Week National Savings Campaign in March 1942.

The day before, Saturday, September 14 the Roman museum is hosting a talk at 7pm by Paul Booth in the Town Hall focusing on the archaeological excavations in the town.

Tickets are £5 from the museum, Venue Xpresso or Susan Juned on 01789 762751 and are selling well.

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