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Rotherham’s Heritage Open Days


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Inquisitive visitors are being given the change to go behind closed doors at Wentworth Woodhouse in Rotherham this weekend, without leaving their own homes.

The stately home is taking part in Heritage open Days – England’s largest festival of history and culture that brings together over 2,000 local people and organisations, and thousands of volunteers every September.

A relaxed “hard hat” tour is scheduled to take place online on Sunday September 13 at 3pm providing a rare glimpse inside two lesser known buildings in the grounds at Wentworth Woodhouse.

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Guides, David and Suzanne will take you “behind the scenes” in the historically significant Grade I listed Riding School and part of the Stable Block (both dating from 1766) and in the Grade II* listed Camellia House (early 1800s) which are not open to the public. See inside these buildings in their derelict state and find out what the future holds for them if funding can be secured.

This online event includes a pre-recorded film with LIVE interaction and Q&A.

Annie Reilly, head of producing at Heritage Open Days, said: “The festival is about connecting people so we can share in the amazing stories of the places, spaces, nature, heritage and history around us. The last few months have shown us how online events can bring us together even when we have to remain apart.

“For many of our organisers, our encouragement of digital events has meant them thinking differently about their activities and trying technology they haven’t used before. The feedback is very encouraging and we’ve had a sneak peak at some brilliant tours and behind-the-scenes experiences.”

For those that can get out and about, the last week of the rooftop tours at Wentworth Woodhouse.

In addition, Holy Trinity Church at Wentworth is opening its doors all weekend for self-led tours.

More details can be found on the Heritage Open Days website here.

Images: Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

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Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.


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