Crewe Heritage Open Days schedule announced: walks, talks, guided tours and more!

The Crewe Town Council seasonal summer programme is brought to an end with our FREE Heritage Open Days event, which runs between 8 and 17 September 2023. Heritage Open Days is a national festival celebrating local grass roots heritage, making it accessible to local communities. Crewe Town Council has led on facilitating this event to bring Heritage Open Days to Crewe for the second year running.

Whether you want to peek behind the scenes at Crewe Lyceum (the only Edwardian theatre in Cheshire East!), explore inside a Railway Cottage, or go along to insightful talks by local experts, we have something for you at Crewe Heritage Open Days!

The full schedule of events has now been announced and can be accessed through our Crewe Town Council Heritage Open Days webpage:
www.crewetowncouncil.gov.uk/whats-on-events/heritage-open-days/

HODs front page of leaflet

After the success of the 2022 event, the FREE Crewe Heritage Fair will return to Crewe Heritage Centre on Saturday 9 September to showcase groups and organisations interested in Crewe's past together under one roof. Come along for a fun-packed day for all the family and discover how the people of Crewe used their creativity to develop and innovate industrial engineering.

Visitors will be able to see:

  • The London & North Western Railway Society (L&NWR) highlighting how the LNWR revolutionised locomotive design.
  • The Bentley Heritage Collection showcasing the creativity of luxury supercar design through the decades.
  • The Crewe Railway Cottages Residents’ Association exploring the innovative design of the cottages - which included gas lighting seventeen years before the Houses of Parliament!

Other confirmed groups include the Crewe & District Military Vehicles Group, Crewe Historical Society, the Family History Society Crewe Branch, Crewe Local Studies Library, the Crewe Heritage Centre and the Co-op.

The L&NWR Society will also have a range of mini steam locomotives running during the day.

Councillor Jamie Messent, Chair of the Operations and Improvements Committee, commented:

“Crewe Town Council has worked hard to bring this event back to Crewe for the second time. The Heritage Open Days festival is a fantastic initiative, which brings together the community in a celebration of Crewe’s heritage. There is a huge variety of activities on offer this year and I am pleased to see that the Heritage Fair continues to grow with more organisations attending year on year.”

Crewe’s heritage is very much a priority for Crewe Town Council, with a number of exciting developments in progress. For more information, contact the Heritage Manager at [email protected].

Crewe Town Council has also produced a range of free Heritage Resources full of facts, images, maps and activities that can be downloaded here:

www.crewetowncouncil.gov.uk/council-services-2/crewe-heritage/heritage-resources/

The Crewe Co Operative on West Street

The Crewe Co Operative on West Street

 

St Peters Church

St Peters Church

 

Crewe Lyceum interior

Crewe Lyceum interior

 

Crewe Heritage Walk with Councillor Wye

Crewe Heritage Walk with Councillor Wye

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