SOME of South Tyneside’s premier venues, historic landmarks and hidden workplaces are opening their doors as part of a special campaign.
Heritage Open Days is an annual celebration of England’s architecture and culture that allows visitors free access to sites that are not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee.
It includes tours, events and activities related to architecture and culture.
Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days 2013, sponsored by Port of Tyne, will see 202 buildings and activities participating across the county, include Bede’s World in Jarrow, Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields, South Shields Museum, Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn and Whitburn Windmill.
There will also be tours of the Customs House in South Shields, which will also screen local history films Tyne Dock Borders and Tyne Stories.
Two others, Tyne Harbour and Vanished, will be shown at the Central Library in Prince Georg Square, South Shields.
Andrew Moffat, chief executive of the Port of Tyne, said: “Heritage Open Days offer the rare opportunity to explore parts of our local heritage not normally open to visiotrs.
“As supporters of the programme for many years, we were delighted to provide additional funding this year to ensure that as many people as possible are made aware of this unique opportunity.
“This year, the Port of Tyne is proud once again to be joining hundreds of organisations throwing open their doors so the public can discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history to life.”
Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days run from Thursday, September 12, to Sunday, September 15.
All Saints’ Church in Cleadon, Christ Church and St Paul’s Church in Jarrow and St Nicholas Church in Whitburn will be open for viewing, with tours also being held at the Cottam Brush factory in Hebburn, Jarrow Town Hall, South Shields Town Hall and the Old Town Hall and St Hilda’s Colliery in South Shields.
Friends of South Marine Park, dressed in period costume, will give a guided tour of the park, in South Shields, and North East Maritime Trust, which restores historic wooden vessels, will show off its Wapping Street workshop in the town.
South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade will also open its South Parade Watch House.
South Tyneside Council’s countryside officer will lead a stroll of discovery around Station Burn Local Nature Reserve, near Brockley Whins Metro station in Jarrow, and there will be a Fort to Fort History Walk between Arbeia and Segedunum in Wallsend.
For full details, visit www.twhods.org.uk, follow @TWHODs on Twitter or check out the Facebook group. Brochures are also available in venues across the borough.
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