Heritage Open Days 2021

Feast your eyes on Lancaster’s most historic venues at this year’s Heritage Open Days from September 10-19.

Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore. 

Empty the larder, preheat the oven, and set the table – the theme for the 2021 Heritage Open Days is Edible England. From woodland foraging to factory floor, forgotten recipes to regional delicacies, the festival community will be exploring the past, present, and future of our culinary heritage and culture. Head on over to the HOD website for more information.

For details of specific opening dates and times, see https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/ or pick up a brochure from Lancaster Visitor Centre and participating venues.

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Attractions and organisers in the district are planning their events for 2021. Please check back via this page or via the website www.heritageopendays.org.uk to find out more details as they become available. ‘In person’ events may be subject to current government guidelines and restrictions around Covid-19 – please check before attending.

 

Events:

Tasty Treats

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The Tasting Garden

The Tasting Garden, The Storey Gardens, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1TH

Taste some old varieties of apples and pears, follow paths laid out as the branches of a tree to find 21 fruit trees. Seek the herbs and look for insects enjoying food in the flower borders. Talk to the Friends of the Storey Gardens volunteers.

The Tasting Garden section of the Storey Gardens is a hidden oasis of peace in the centre of the city of Lancaster. It contains old varieties of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, the fruits of which can be picked and tasted. The Tasting Garden is a garden and an artwork, created in 1998 by the American environmental artist Mark Dion. It is a tribute to the efforts of forgotten growers and the types of fruit trees they cultivated. The names of extinct fruit varieties are engraved on memorial stones. Visitors can peer through the windows of the folly containing traditional equipment as a reminder of historical fruit cultivation. The borders surrounding the artwork are full of flowers and shrubs attractive to insects. Wildflower meadows are being developed between the paths (best seen in June and July). Insects visiting these help with the pollination of the orchard fruits and of the soft fruits and vegetables grown in the borders. Wild strawberries abound and within the grounds, a range of herbs can easily be found. Visitors can pick and taste the ripe apples and pears. Our volunteers share the produce from the garden. The herbs are used in the dishes of the PrintRoom Café located within The Storey.
Come and visit us in person or sit at home and sample the delights of our “taster” film, a small slice of what is on the menu in The Tasting Garden.

For those unable to visit, a short film of the Tasting Garden, produced by Chris Wright, is available to view:

 


Please note: The Storey building will also be open to showcase the Gallery with its stunning white marble statue of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert plus the building’s famous Shrigley and Hunt stained glass window.
Printroom Café will also be open Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm so come and relax with a cake and a coffee!


Event Times

Friday 10 September: 09:00 – 16:00
Saturday 11 September: 09:00 – 16:00, Volunteers present 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday 12 September: Closed
Monday 13 September: 09:00 – 16:00
Tuesday 14 September: 09:00 – 16:00
Wednesday 15 September: 09:00 – 16:00
Thursday 16 September: 09:00 – 16:00
Friday 17 September: 09:00 – 16:00
Saturday 18 September: 09:00 – 16:00, Volunteers present 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday 19 September: Closed

Booking Details

Pre-booking: No booking required

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Contact for the day: Lancaster Visitor Information Centre 01524 582394
www.storeygardens.org

 


IMG-4114 Low Sugar, Low Spice – a little taste of rationing

Lancaster City Museum, Market Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1HT

How would life have tasted in 1942? Sample some ration recipes prepared specially by the Women’s Institute for this one off event in Lancaster City Centre.

As Britain looked towards an uncertain future, by August 1942 almost all foods were rationed. In this taster for an exhibition next year looking at this dark time the Women’s Institute are giving you an opportunity to sample what the world of 1942 tasted like. The country had never been healthier with food shared equally and nutritional needs carefully managed – but how would you have felt about what was on offer? So come and sample this bit of ‘Edible England’ – you never know, maybe you will prefer it?

Event Times

Saturday 11 September: 1000-1700

Booking Details

Pre-booking: No booking required

Access

This event will be held on the ground floor which is open and accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs/prams.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Contact for the day: Museum Team 01524 64637
visitlancaster.org.uk/museums

 


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St Joseph’s Church

St. Josephs Presbytery, Slyne Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 2HU

St Joseph’s Church is an architectural gem in Lancaster, designed by Peter Paul Pugin, in the neo-Gothic style, a beautiful expression of creative genius and spiritual peace.

St Joseph’s offers you a warm welcome with tea and homemade refreshments, and the opportunity for a personalised tour of this stunning grade II-listed church. With the support of Heritage Lottery Funding, this church has been given a new lease of life and boasts stunning examples of Hardman stained glass and mosaic, Gillow carpentry and stonework, together with the newly-commissioned Icon of the Lancaster Martyrs. Guests are welcome too to explore the grounds and the new community garden at the rear of the church and discover an oasis of peace and tranquillity.

Event Times

Saturday 11 September: 1400-1530

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Booking Contact: Zsuszsanna Brenner Daly
Call: 01524 32493
Email: outreach.stjosephs@gmail.com
Go to: http://www.stjosephs-lancaster.co.uk
Write to: The Presbytery St Joseph’s, Slyne Road, Lancaster LA1 2HU
Booking opens: 3 August 2021 09:00
Booking closes: 10 September 2021 09:00

Access

Access to the churchyard entrance and the majority of the ground floor is step free but may be uneven in places. All visitors will be provided with a hard hat to wear on arrival. Visitors are asked to wait in the main lobby area and will be accompanied at all times while exploring the rest of the church.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. Visitors are asked to wear facemasks, to sanitise their hands upon entry, and to keep socially distant. Individual groups to remain within their groups.

Additional Information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 45 MIN Contact for the day: Zsuzsanna Brenner-Daly 01524 32493
www.stjosephs-lancaster.co.uk

 


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St Wilfrid’s Church Halton

St Wilfrid’s Church, Church Brow, Halton, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 6LR

The beautiful historic Church of St Wilfrid’s Halton will be open from 10.30 am to 4pm on Saturday 18th September.
Come and see the unique Sigurd Cross in the Church yard and visit this lovely church building.

The church will be open throughout the day and refreshments will be available.
The following attractions will be available:
• Tours up the Tower with wonderful views of Lancaster and the Lune valley.
• Viewing of the Sigurd Cross in the Church yard – This is a unique tall and imposing cross which shows scenes from the Viking story of Sigurd, – the dragon slayer.
• Children’s activities.
• Light refreshments
• Cake. preserves and fresh produce stall.
• Handicraft stall.
• A beautiful historic Church building where you can find some peace and light a candle to remember a loved one.

Event Times

Saturday 18 September: 1030 – 1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: No booking required

Access

There is very limited parking available at the Church. Please ring 01524 822128 if you or one of your party have mobility issues and you need a reserved parking space. There is an incline up to the door of the Church. A wheelchair is available.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. Tours up the Tour will be limited to one household or 6 people at a time.

Additional Information

Max 6 people per tour/session. 20 minutes for Tour Tour Contact for the day: Revd Susan Seed 01524 822128
www.achurchnearyou.com/church/11641/

 



History in the Fresh Air

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City of Lancaster Transatlantic Slave Trade Trail with Professor Alan Rice

Lancaster Maritime Museum, Custom House, St. Georges Quay, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1RB

A guided tour of the city of Lancaster, exploring the darker side of the city as one of England’s most prolific slave trading ports, and an introduction to the Memorial to Zong Exhibition at the Maritime Museum

Join Professor Alan Rice for a guided tour of the impactful Memorial to Zong Exhibition by Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid, in its last week at the museum. Then tour the city of Lancaster and visit the places connected to the trade in enslaved Africans and the importation of slave-produced products.

What impact did this despicable trade have on the city and its people? What legacies remain?

A completely free tour, repeated on 19 September.

Event Times

Sunday 12 September: 1030-1300
Sunday 19 September: 1030-1300

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Tour must be pre-booked in advance
Booking Contact: Melanie Cookson-Carter
Call: 01524 382264
Email: lancastermaritimemuseum@lancaster.gov.uk
Write to: Lancaster Maritime Museum, Custom House
Booking opens: 13 August 2021 10:00
Booking closes: 18 September 2021 17:00

Access

The tour will take in a substantial amount of the city and as such will involve steep slopes, cobbled areas and lots of walking. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Toilets are available at the start of the tour (at the Maritime Museum). Meet outside the front of the Lancaster Maritime Museum at 10:15am for a prompt start at 10:30am. Pay and Display parking is available at the rear of the Maritime Museum, or the museum is a short walk from the bus station. Please note that the tour will include some graphic descriptions of the treatment of enslaved people and death.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Max 25 people per tour/session. 2.5 hours
Contact for the day: Fraser Douglass 01524 382264
www.visitlancaster.org.uk/museums

 


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Lune Bank Gardens – a riverside walk

Sea Scouts Hut, Halton Road, Skerton , Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 2EG

A chance to find out about Lune Bank Gardens, gifted to the people of Lancaster by Lord Ashton’s family, and part of Lancaster’s Edwardian heritage.

Meet the local volunteers, who are working to restore this historic riverside garden. Lune Bank Gardens are part of the Lord Ashton heritage and were given to the people of the City in 1904. This unique area was once characterised by formal gardens and paths. Families enjoyed regattas and boat trips in the early part of the last century, and the paths provide exceptionally lovely views of the River Lune as it flows into Lancaster.

Over the last 6 years, the Friends of Lune Bank Gardens have worked to recover the gardens from years of neglect. We have cleared invasive plants and cut back out of control shrubs. New perennial plants are establishing themselves, and drainage improved. During the lockdown, the riverside path has been discovered by many local people and has been much appreciated. Throughout this time, individual volunteers have continued the work of restoration. Visitors can find out more from our photo display along the upper path, comparing the area a century and more ago, with the present day. A stroll along the riverside path will provide great views, and visitors can learn about our recent work uncovering old paths
Wildlife is plentiful – there is a heronry directly opposite the gardens, and visitors can see cormorants and herons fishing from the weir, watch swallows swooping low over the fish ladder, and see a range of seabirds on the lower salty stretches, including oystercatchers, terns, goosanders, and little egrets.

Event Times

Saturday 18 September: Gardens open all day; refreshments and toilets are available between 13:00 and 15:00.

Booking Details

Pre-booking: No booking required

Access

There are ramps down to the river but they are rather steep for a wheelchair. Lower paths can be slippery in wet conditions.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Max 8 people per tour/session. Walk along the lower river path takes about 15 minutes; a circular walk including the aqueduct takes about an hour. Photo displays on both the upper and lower paths.
Contact for the day: Jean O’Neill 07766816260

 


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Something’s Happening Here

Car park next to the Lancaster Grand Theatre, St Leonard’s Gate, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1NL

Something’s Happening Here marks the beginning of the Mill Race: Flow of Change Cultural Programme with performances and interactive activities for all ages.

This event is the beginning of an exciting three-year cultural programme that will explore the history, present and imagine the future of the ‘Mill Race’ part of Lancaster, complementing the Lancaster High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme. Artists from Lancaster district will be offering imaginative opportunities to spark your curiosity about this forgotten part of the city and the long hidden underground watercourse, or mill race, that runs beneath it.

The event will include:
Everyone’s a Critic: a pop up exhibition that asks you to photograph or draw a part of the Mill Race area and then help curate an exhibition of everyone’s contributions
High Street Duets: performances that tell the stories of local groups, individuals and businesses through song with a pop up choir organised by Unfolding Theatre

…and much more! Prepare to become a tourist in your own city and see and tour the Mill Race area with new eyes. Become a detective, an artist, a spy. Join our artists in extracting the beauty from the seemingly mundane, the stories from behind closed doors and the hidden history of this area.

Something’s Happening Here is a street party meets a festival in a car park. Expect artwork spilling out of car boots, secret performances hidden away in vans and, of course, food trucks! This is the Grand car park as you’ve never seen it before…

Event Times

Sunday 12 September: 1300 – 1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: No booking required

Access

The event is taking place in what is normally a private car park. The site has some significant level changes but there are no steps. There is an adjacent pay and display car park with a number of designated disabled parking bays. The tours of the Mill Race area will take place in the busy city centre and feature some narrow pavements and potentially some steps.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Toured walks of the Mill Race area will be scheduled as part of the event.
www.lancaster.gov.uk/heritageactionzone
visitlancaster.org.uk/whats-on/heritage-open-days-2021/

 



Inside Heritage

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Christ Church, Lancaster

Christ Church, Wyresdale Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 3EA

Visit this iconic building on Lancaster’s skyline – with stunning views across Morecambe Bay.
Pevsner describes the stained glass as ‘a magnificent scheme by Shrigley and Hunt

Christ Church was built as a chapel for Lancaster’s workhouse (which stood on the site of Lancaster Royal Grammar School), originally designed by Henry Martin at the bequest of local industrialist, Samuel Gregson MP. Later additions to the south side of the church by local architects Paley and Austin, including a stunning baptistery in the Gothic style.
The building has served the parish for 165 years, and remains home to a vibrant, inclusive worshipping community. We have been an Eco-Church for 5 years, and our church hall has hosted a winter Night Shelter for the homeless for nearly 30 years.

Event Times

Saturday 11 September: 1000-1600
Sunday 12 September: 0830-1600
Saturday 18 September: 1000-1600
Sunday 19 September: 0830-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Not applicable
Contact for the day: 01524942105

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/christ-church-lancaster

 


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Judges’ Lodgings – Behind the Scenes Tours

Judges’ Lodgings, Church Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1YS

See behind the scenes at Lancaster’s oldest town house nestled beneath Lancaster’s historic Castle.

The Judges’ Lodgings is Lancaster’s oldest town house and a Grade I listed building. Originally home of the Keeper of Lancaster Castle, Thomas Covell, it later became a residence for the ‘Hanging Judges’ when they visited Lancaster Castle for the Assize Courts. The Judges’ Lodgings is now home to a nationally important collection of Gillow furniture displayed in rooms furnished in the style of the Regency period and the Museum of Childhood.
See the original features in the basement including evidence of Lancaster’s oldest know public toilet!

Event Times

Saturday 18 September: 11:00-16:00
Sunday 19 September: 11:00-16:00

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Preferred
Email: judgeslodgings@lancashire.gov.uk

Access

The house is a grade I listed building without a lift.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local and national government guidelines at the time of the festival. The numbers able to visit on these days will depend upon any coronavirus restrictions in place at the time.

Additional Information

Contact for the day: Lynda Jackson 01524 581254
www.lancashire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/museums/judges-lodgings/

 


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Lancaster University Library Festival

The Library, Lancaster University, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4YH

Join us on the 10th and 11th September, either on-campus or online, for a festival of events to celebrate the opening of an extension to our Library and the launch of Lancaster Digital Collections.

Come and join us on campus for a two-day programme of exhibitions, talks, activities and entertainment in the library. Explore our new digital collections and find out about Library, University and community activities that are uncovering Lancaster’s heritage and addressing contemporary themes. Participate as a citizen scientist in current research, explore Edwardian social media, Cinema of the 1930s or Lancaster’s role in the Transatlantic slave trade. Find out how historical approaches to mapping are applied today in health, sustainability and eco-innovation.

Can’t join us in person? Many of these events will also be available online at: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/library/events/library-festival/

Event Times

Friday 10 September: 11:00 – 21:00
Saturday 11 September: 11:00 – 21:00

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
There is no limit on access to the library. Some events will require registration to attend in person or online. For details of individual events and to book where required
Go to: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/library/events/library-festival

Access

Visitor parking is available on campus and is free after 18:00 and at weekends. For further details visit our visitor parking page: https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/sustainability/travel/parking/visitor-parking/

COVID-19 Considerations

In-person events will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. Social distancing and single direction routes may apply in some buildings and face coverings are required.

Additional Information

Contact for the day: Phil Cheeseman +44 (0)1524 592516
www.lancaster.ac.uk/library/events/library-festival

 


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LANCASTER PRIORY

Priory Close, Lancaster, LA1 1YZ

Lancaster Priory Church is a Grade 1 listed building, located on a site which has seen Christian worship since Saxon times. It is of huge historical and archaeological importance and is one of the most frequently visited parish churches in the North West. Lancaster Priory is the Mother Church of the City of Lancaster, and it is well known and respected throughout Lancashire and beyond as a place of excellence for its music tradition.

An interesting and unique interior: The carved choirstalls are of oak and, dating from 1340, are the third oldest in England. They are described as “about the most luxuriant canopies in the country”. The carved pulpit dates from 1619. The stone base of the font was installed in 1848 and its carved wooden cover is dated 1631. The three brass chandeliers are dated 1717. The stained glass in the east window was designed by Edward Paley and made by Wailes. The church plate includes four flagons, a chalice and two bread holders dated 1678–79, a small chalice presented in 1728 and a cup dated 1757. Cynibald’s Cross – now in the British Museum. In 1807 a runic cross was found while digging in the churchyard. The cross is 3 feet in length, and 1 foot 9 inches across. A replica of the cross is now on display near the south west door of the Priory. In the churchyard, a Sandstone Sundial dating from the late 18th century which was restored in 1894 and which is listed at Grade II. Also in the churchyard and listed at Grade II are the Rawlinson memorial dating from the late 18th century and a tomb chest with a damaged marble effigy dating from the mid 19th century.

EVENT TIMES

Church Open Monday to Saturday 9.00am-4.00pm
Sunday services 8.00am, 10.00am and 6.30pm

Heritage Tours:
Friday 17th September 9.30-Noon
Saturday 18th September 9.30am-Noon
Saturday 25th September 9.30am-Noon

BOOKING DETAILS

Pre-booking: Not applicable
Contact: T: 01524 65338
E: office@lancasterpriory.org

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHURCH
https://lancasterpriory.org/

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St John the Evangelist, Lancaster

Church of St. John the Evangelist, North Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1PA

St John’s is a beautiful Georgian church in the historic heart of Lancaster, built at a time of wealth and prosperity for the city. Currently closed and in need of repair, drop in, don a hard hat and explore the stunning interior.

St John’s was built as a chapel of ease in the mid 1700s as Lancaster grew in population and wealth and served a worshipping community until the 1980s. With a distinctive tower, it is recognisable to many but has been closed to visitors since flooding in 2015. Drop in to explore the beautiful interior, with original Georgian box pews, organ casing and galleries as well as later stained glass – St John’s has a simple elegance and high quality craftsmanship throughout, despite the current need for repair. Meet the team to learn more of the building’s history as well as sharing ideas for repair, regeneration and future use.
This session is completely free but donations to our churches are welcome. Please text ‘CCT’ to 70970 to donate £5 or ‘LAN’ to 70970 to donate £5 specifically to support St John’s.

Event Times

Wednesday 15 September: Drop in 1300-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: No booking required

Access

Access to the churchyard entrance and the majority of the ground floor is step free but may be uneven in places. All visitors will be provided with a hard hat to wear on arrival. Visitors are asked to wait in the main lobby area and will be accompanied at all times while exploring the rest of the church.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. Social distancing will be observed.

Additional Information

Contact for the day: Elanor Johnson 07786 468979
www.visitchurches.org.uk/visit/church-listing.html

 

 


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Lancaster Grand Theatre Tours

Lancaster Grand Theatre, St Leonard’s Gate, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1NL

Free guided tours of the historic Lancaster Grand Theatre.  The tour takes around 1 hour.
The theatre is a 239 year old Grade II listed building without lifts and the full tour involves many stairs.
Wheelchair access is available to the stalls area of the theatre but still provides an excellent view of the theatre interior.
If you are unable to come to the theatre, it is also possible to see the internal public areas using the virtual tour – https://lancastergrand.co.uk/your-visit/virtual-tour/

Event Times

Sunday 12 September
11:30 am
12:30 pm
1:30 pm
2:30 pm

Booking Details

Pre-booking: No booking required

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

https://lancastergrand.co.uk/shows/heritage-open-day-theatre-tours/2021-09-12/2/

 

 


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The Music Room

Sun Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1EW

Like so many Landmarks, plenty of questions remain unanswered about the Music Room. It was built in about 1730 as a garden pavilion, probably for Oliver Marton, a prosperous lawyer of the Middle Temple, London.

The plasterwork of the Music Room itself took 6,000 hours of work to repair. It is an exceptional Baroque interior, where guests may now sleep as well as play the baby grand piano. On the walls are the Muses: eloquence, history, music, astronomy, tragedy, rhetoric, dancing, comedy and amorous poetry; with Apollo over the fireplace. A fruitful goddess with a torch presides over the ceiling. One Muse had vanished entirely and was recreated by the plasterers from Sutton Coldfield as a modern girl, big and busty, with a cheerful eye; she makes an excellent Muse of dancing.
Join us on these free open days to marvel at the careful restoration work.

Entry is free but must be pre-booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-landmark-trust-10429116340

History sheets will be available.

Event Times

Saturday 18 September: 1000-1600
Sunday 19 September: 1000-1600

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Visits must be pre-booked
Booking Contact: Fiona Keyte
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/the-landmark-trust-10429116340
Booking opens: 1 June 2021 09:00
Booking closes: 17 September 2021 09:00

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

www.landmarktrust.org.uk/news-and-events/upcoming-events/the-music-room-open-day-21/
www.landmarktrust.org.uk/get-involved/events/

 



Heritage At Home

The Lancaster Health History Trail

The Lancaster Health History Trail

Lancaster, Lancashire

This new Trail has been designed by Bryan Rhodes, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Apothecaries Lecturer, as part of this year’s Lancaster Health Festival. It features many of the important buildings and stories in Lancaster’s health history.

The online version of the Trail will feature video and audio descriptions and several photographs relevant to Lancaster’s fascinating health history.
See the locations of the early Dispensaries and the small House of Recovery and hear about the early provision of healthcare at the Lancaster Castle county gaol. Hear about Richard Owen’s apprenticeship in the Castle and the surgeons who found themselves in the dock for body snatching. See the location of the Judges Lodgings House and follow the route of James Case, a part-time surgeon who was convicted of forgery in 1799 and was one of the last 3 men to be executed on the hill overlooking Lancaster. Hear about the medieval Leprosy hospital on St. Leonardsgate and see the location of the birthplace of Sir William Turner, neurosurgeon and Professor of Anatomy. See the former location of the House of Recovery ( 1815 – 1832 ). See the location of Dr Buck Ruxton’s surgery and found out how he was convicted of murdering his wife and housemaid using new forensic. Hear about the other GP surgery on Dalton Square and see the location of the first large hospital in Lancaster on Thurnham Street. Hear about the first operation in Lancaster performed with general anaesthetic. Finally, move to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and see the earliest part of the hospital where the casualty was located. See the main entrance with Shrigley and Hunt stained glass windows, legacy and donation boards and Coade stone plaque of the Good Samaritan.

Event Times

Available anytime

Booking Details

Pre-booking: No booking required

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

www.thelancasterhealthfestival.org.uk


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