Heritage Open Days 10-19 September 2021

England's largest festival of heritage and culture gives the chance to see hidden places and try new experiences for free. A national directory of events helps you find events near you. 

The theme for the week is "Edible England".

The Heritage Open Days logo showing  the name and a stylised image of an arched doorway within the capital letter 'H'

Inspire has 2 free taster Heritage events on offer in our programme -

A guided walk around Mansfield Town centre, and a talk about the cycling great Tom Simpson at both Worksop and Retford libraries.

The Inspire Picture Archive will highlight a selection of food-related historic images during the week.

As the national theme is "Edible England", a selection of Inspire Libraries will be holding Heritage Cafés during the festival - an informal way for us to showcase material from our Local Heritage collections and a great opportunity to chat together and share memories of the foods we loved, or loathed, in the past!

Look out for them at the following libraries:

Beeston Library
Thursday 16 September 10.30am – 12.30 pm

Bingham Library
Tuesday 14 September, 1.30-3.30pm

Cotgrave Library
Friday 17 September, 10.30am-12.30pm

Mansfield Central Library
Tuesday 14 September, 11am-1pm

Mapperley Library
Tuesday 14 September, 10.30am – 12 noon 

Newark Library
Tuesday 14 September, 10-11.30am. 

Retford Library
Tuesday 14 September , 2-3pm

Sutton-in-Ashfield Library
Friday 17 September 10.30am-12 noon

West Bridgford Library
Thursday 16 September, 2-3pm

Worksop Library
Tuesday 14 September, 11.30am-12.30pm

Additional events:

The team at Worksop Library have put together a fun quiz online to test your knowledge of the town's heritage.

On Saturday 11 September, come along to Retford Library’s Heritage Open Day in the new local history area on the ground floor. Explore hidden treasures from the heritage collection including old maps, newspapers and other historical documents not normally on display. Library staff will also be on hand to help with enquiries. This is a free event and no booking is required. 

To end the week, on Friday 17  September Retford Library is also hosting an event as part of North Notts LitFest:
Uncovering your Family History with Emily Brand takes place on Friday 17 September at 2pm. Join author, historian and genealogist Emily Brand in an exclusive workshop exploring local heritage resources and learning techniques to investigate your family tree. Emily’s most recent book ‘The Fall of the House of Byron’, was selected as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week.

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Cover of House of Byron book in paperback edition with an image of Lord Byron and quotes from critics.