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Tameside History Festival

Press Release: 01/09/2021

 

Tameside History FestivalTALKS, guided tours, exhibitions, trips and even a 21st birthday party for Tameside Local History Forum form part of Tameside History Festival which takes place throughout September.

The tours, which celebrate the borough’s architectural heritage, are part of Heritage Open Days.

Some offer the chance to visit areas not usually accessible. For example (weather permitting) you can climb the 139ft tower at Ashton Parish Church. There will also be an opportunity to take a guided tour of medieval Newton Hall in Hyde, and to see the ruins of Old Hall Chapel, Dukinfield.

This year there is a culinary dimension to the festival as the theme for Heritage Open Days is Edible England. There’s a talk on local sweet makers and a visit to Incredible Edible in Mossley, as well as tie-ins with Stalybridge Street Feast and the Ashton Artisan Market.

Throughout the month there will be an online exhibition on traditional Lancashire food plus junior history club activities.

On Friday, September 10, the date of the next Street Feast, Stalybridge Civic Hall will be open. This not only offers the chance to explore the town’s former market hall, which was built in 1868, but also to view the exciting plans for the future of Stalybridge town centre which are being realised through the heritage action zone (HAZ).

In addition, the festival is being used as chance to relaunch the Family History Help Desks at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre, Ashton – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am to 1pm – which allow you to get free one-to-one help with your family tree.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for heritage and culture, said: “Tameside History Festival provides us with an opportunity to take a fresh look at the borough’s rich heritage and impressive architecture. All of us will have walked past buildings and wondered what’s inside. Heritage Open Days give us a chance to take a look.

“It’s also good that we get a chance to celebrate 21 years of work by Tameside Local History Forum without whom events like Tameside History Festival and so much of our heritage work would not be possible.”

For full details of Tameside History Festival see the leaflet at www.tameside.gov.uk/archives

To learn more about heritage open days in general visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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