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Historical sites open up to support area's heritage

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 04, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A RAFT of heritage sites are set to throw their doors open to the public as part of national event.

St Peter and St Paul's Catholic Church, in Swadlincote, will show off its finest features as part of the national Heritage Open Days event, which is taking place this month.

The event, running from 10am until 4.30pm daily on September 12, 13 and 14, will offer people the chance to see the stained-glass windows and clay figures depicting stations of the cross.

Sharpe's Pottery Museum, in West Street, Swadlincote, will also be open for the weekend, and visitors will be able to take a look at archive film and temporary exhibitions, as well as enjoying craft activities.

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Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, in Stretton, will also be open for the event, offering people the chance to see inside the operation and learn more about it.

A spokesman for Heritage Open Days said: "This event celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

"Every year, on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors.

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

"Free of charge and right on people's doorstep, Heritage Open Days is an event for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability.

"Heritage Open Days is organised by a huge network of people who share a passion for places, history and culture.

"More than 1,400 organisations and some 40,000 volunteers organise thousands of site openings and events, jointly attracting more than one million visitors."

More information is available online by visiting www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

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