Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

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Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018 is here and this year Buxton will be once again showcasing historic landmarks in the town as part of the nationwide scheme where the public are able to gain a unique and rare glimpse at some of our towns most iconic buildings and places.

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

Download your handy map of events in Buxton here.

The Heritage Open Days events are proudly supported by the University of Derby.

What’s on when? Here’s the full programme of Heritage Open Day events in Buxton:

The Duke’s Legacy – Grinlow Woods, Buxton

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

Photo credit: University of Derby

When: 6th September 2018, 10am – 12 noon

Where: Poole’s Cavern, Green Lane, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9DH

A guided walk through the beautiful Grinlow Woods to tell the story of the 5th Duke of Devonshire’s legacy to the Town of Buxton.

The beautiful woods that cloak Grinlow hill above Poole’s Cavern were planted by the 5th Duke of Devonshire as part of a scheme to hide and screen the scars and piles of waste left by the lime burning and quarrying industry that had dominated the hill for the previous two centuries.

Alyson Phillips, a director of Buxton Civic Association will take you on a guided walk through the woods, stopping to show and explain how the hills industrial heritage lies hidden in plain sight amongst the trees and fallen wood. She will tell of the hard, tough lives of the people who worked and lived amongst the slag heaps and kilns. From several vantage points you will be able to look down on Buxton and see how the wealth and revenue was spent in creating the beautiful and historic heritage of the town. As the walk nears it end you will learn how the owners of the wood, Buxton Civic Association seek to encourage a more natural, native woodland landscape. The walk takes about an hour.

Booking details: Pre-booking required, contact Simon Fussell at Poole’s Cavern on 01298 26978 to reserve a place or email [email protected] 


St Mary’s Church Open Days

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

When: 

Thursday 6th September 2018: 11am – 4pm
Friday 7th September 2018: 11am – 4pm
Saturday 8th September 2018: 11am – 4pm
Sunday 9th September 2018: 1200 noon – 4pm

Where: Dale Road, Buxton, SK17 6LN

An opportunity to view this beautiful Arts and Crafts church which was 100 years old last year.The church was very influenced by the Northern Arts and Crafts movement and contains a number of internal features which reflect this. The “eyebrow” windows are a particularly important feature of the church. St Mary’s was a subject for the Buxton Well Dressing in 2017, and there will also be a static display by the Well Dressing Team, showing how they carry out this traditional activity.

There will be a violin concert in the church at 3pm on the Sunday. This has been arranged separately, and there will be an £8 charge on the door.

Booking details: No booking required. Please note the nave and side aisles of the church are fully accessible, but the sanctuary area is only accessible via steps (3).


The Old Hall Hotel, Tales from the Bower

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

Photo credit: Old Hall Hotel

When:

Thursday 6th September: 11.30am
Friday 7th September: 11.30am & 1pm
Sunday 9th September: 1pm
Thursday 13th September: 11.30am & 1pm
Sunday 16th September: 1pm

Where: Old Hall Hotel, The Square, Buxton, SK17 6BD

As England’s oldest hotel, The Old Hall certainly has some intriguing tales to tell and who better to tell them than Discover Buxton’s Netta Christie.

As England’s oldest hotel, The Old Hall certainly has some intriguing tales to tell and who better to tell them than Discover Buxton’s Netta Christie. There’s nothing that Netta doesn’t know about Buxton and we’re thrilled that she will be at The Old Hall Hotel offering visitors a wealth of information about Buxton and our most famous guest Mary Queen of Scots.

Netta will offer a unique perception of Queen Mary’s time in Buxton, as well as giving a tour of the hotel and the room she stayed in, Queen Mary Bower. After the talk, guests can book a table in our fabulous restaurant or wine bar to enjoy Afternoon Tea with a slice of Mary’s cake – exclusive to The Old Hall Hotel.

Booking details: Pre-booking required, please call: 01298 22841 or email: [email protected]. Max 12 per tour. Please note there is a lift in the hotel, this will not fit a wheelchair.


Pavilion Gardens

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

When: 

Thursday 6th September 2018: Open 10.30am – 5pm
Friday 7th September 2018: Open 10.30am – 5pm
Saturday 8th September 2018: Open 10.30am – 5pm
Sunday 9th September 2018: Open 10.30am – 5pm
Thursday 13th September 2018: Open 10.30am – 5pm
Friday 14th September 2018: Open Open 10.30am – 5pm
Saturday 15th September 2018: Open 10.30am – 5pm
Sunday 16th September 2018: Open Open 10.30am – 5pm

Where: Pavilion Gardens, St. John’s Road

Make Pavilion Gardens Information Centre your first port of call for Heritage Open Days. Pick up your Free Buxton Town Guide and Historical Trail of the Pavilion Gardens or ask our friendly staff about Buxton, the High Peak and local HOD’s locations.

The Victorian splendour of Buxton is superbly shown off by the excellent historic venue of the Pavilion Gardens. The Gardens which opened in the 1850’s are situated in in the beautiful Spa Town of Buxton as designed by Sir Joseph Paxton and his Pupil Edward Milner. The two were outstanding architects and worked to complete landmarks such as Tatton Park, Crystal Palace and Mentmore Towers as well as many of the greenhouses at Chatsworth House under William Cavendish. Our Heritage Green Flag award winning gardens now span over 23 acres of beautifully maintained land consisting of flowers, trees, streams and a lake and is home to various natural inhabitants.

Modern day Pavilion Gardens combines the old with the new with the recent opening of Buxton Cinema located in the Pavilion Arts Centre and the Gallery in the Gardens run by the High Peak Artists Association which showcases work by over 40 Artist’s from the High Peak Area. The Octagon Concert Hall proudly overlooks the Gardens where you’ll find the children’s adventure playground and Magnificent tree carving.

To find out more about the wealth of History surrounding Pavilion Gardens, or what’s going on in the area, visit the Tourist Information Centre or read our events guide for the Pavilion Gardens here (continually updated with the latest events information )

Booking details: No booking required


‘Horses to Courses’ Audio Tour of the Devonshire Dome

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

Photo credit: University Of Derby

When: 13th, 14th & 16th September 2018, 11am – 4pm each day

Where: Devonshire Royal Campus, Devonshire Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6RY

Take part in the Devonshire Dome ‘Horses to Courses’ audio tour and learn about this history surrounding this amazing heritage site.

The University of Derby Tourism students have developed a new audio tour to bring to life the stories of one of Buxton’s best loved buildings. The Grade II* Devonshire Dome is one of the UK’s most fascinating buildings, with past lives as one of the grandest stables ever built and as a pioneering hospital – now spanned by what was the largest unsupported dome in the world when it was first constructed.

To take part in the Devonshire Dome Audio Tour, go to the University of Derby Library at the Buxton Campus to pick up your free iguide.

*Audio tours are free of charge and available from the Devonshire Library information desk, subject to availability
*Tours last approximately 20 minutes
* Last admission time is 1 hour before the advertised closing time
*You will be asked to provide a form of ID in order to borrow the audio device

Booking details: No pre-booking required. There are 10 individual audio tours available. For information about the Buxton campus go to www.derby.ac.uk/life/our-campuses/buxton


Buxton Coalfields Guided Heritage Walk

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

When: 14th September 2018, 1pm – 3.30pm

Where: Visitors will meet at Poole’s Cavern Visitor Centre, Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH, at 1.00pm for a short briefing.

A chance to see and learn about an important part of Buxton’s industrial heritage.

Visitors will be taken on a guided walk lasting 2 hours of the Buxton Coalfields. The coalfields made a significant contribution to the lime burning industry. One can see and appreciate the extensive layout of the
works and there are traces of the working visible.

Please note  – the walk takes place across open moorland over 1,000 ft ASL. We recommend that you have good strong footwear, water proofs and bring a drink and refreshments. The walk crosses open access land which does not allow dogs.

Max 12 people per session.


Buxton Opera House

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

Photo credit: Buxton Opera House

When: 15th & 16th September 2018, both days 10am – 3pm

Where: Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN

Take a look inside Buxton Opera House – one of the county’s finest examples of a Frank Matcham theatre.

Our team of friendly volunteers will be on hand to tell you more about the fascinating history of this iconic building from its Edwardian beginning right up to the present day.

Refreshments available in the Dress Circle bar.

Please note – The Opera House is a beautiful Edwardian building, but unfortunately because of the nature of the building that does bring some restrictions. The Opera House is only partially accessible to wheelchair users and the wheelchair entrance is 72cms at its narrowest point. We have three wheelchair spaces in the Stalls at ground floor level, and a specially adapted toilet. The Dress Circle and Upper Circle levels are not wheelchair accessible and can only be reached by climbing the stairs. The building is not accessible by motorised scooter.

Booking details: No booking required

‘Robert Rippon Duke and the Re-shaping of Buxton’

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

Photo credit: University of Derby

When: 16th September 2018, 11.30am – 12.30pm

Where: Devonshire Royal Campus, Devonshire Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6RY

‘Robert Rippon Duke and the Re-Shaping of Buxton’ – A talk given by Valeria Carnevale, University of Derby Lecturer in the Built Environment

This presentation aims to bring to the fore the development of the city of Buxton thanks to its ‘healing waters’ in the 18th and 19th centuries. The talk will focus on the architecture for healing. The drastic change in society between the 1700’s and the late 1800’s thus the urban development of the city culminating in the early 1900’s. Finally the talk will conclude with the construction of the largest unsupported iron dome in the world at the time it was built. Today the Devonshire Dome is the still the largest dome in England!

Booking details: No booking required. Max 100 people per session.


‘The Limestone Quarries of Buxton’

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

Photo credit: University of Derby

When: 16th September 2018, 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Where: Devonshire Royal Campus, Devonshire Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6RY

‘The Limestone Quarries of Buxton’ – A talk given by Alan Roberts of the Buxton Civic Association. This talk will cover an important part of the local industrial heritage. It will follow the growth of the industry from its early origins to its role as an industry of national and international importance, from its pick and shovel days to its modern highly mechanised situation. Social and environmental aspects will also be discussed.

Booking details: No booking required. Max 100 people per session.


‘The Stately Home Front: the country house in the First and Second World Wars’

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

When: 16th September 2018, 1pm

Where: Devonshire Royal Campus, Devonshire Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6RY

‘The Stately Home Front: the country house in the First and Second World Wars’ a talk given by Ruth Larsen, University of Derby lecturer in History.

The British Country House is, for many visitors today, a place for peaceful leisure, and many of the houses were originally built to be a ‘retreat’ from the urban world. However, these buildings were not immune to warfare, and at the start of the twentieth century they played their part in the ‘total wars’ of 1914-18 and 1939-45. Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War this talk explores the roles these houses played as hospitals, bases for the armed forces and intelligence services, and as locations for evacuated children, schools and national treasures. Highlighting in particular the histories of Derbyshire country houses, including Chatsworth House and Kedleston Hall, this talk will consider what it was like to be on the ‘Stately’ home front.

Booking details: No booking required. Max 100 people per session.


‘The Tale of the wounded soldier’ Tour at The Devonshire Dome

Buxton Heritage Open Days 2018

Photo credit: Discover Buxton

When: 16th September 2018, 11am, 1pm, & 3pm

Where: Devonshire Royal Campus, Devonshire Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6RY

Join our costumed guide for ‘The tale of the wounded soldier’ tour featuring Buxton’s WW1 nurse Vera Brittain, learning about the role of the Devonshire Royal Hospital and the type and conditions of the wounded soldiers.

Vera Brittain who grew up in Buxton and was the author of Testament of Youth, decided it was her duty to leave Oxford, where she was studying, and return to Buxton during the summer of 1915 to work as a nursing assistant tending wounded soldiers.
The tale provides a powerful understanding of Vera’s commitment to pacifism.

Booking details: Pre-booking is required. Please email Lizzie Hill at [email protected] Or go to www.eventbrite.com/e/tour-of-the-devonshire-dome-the-tale-of-the-wounded-soldier-tickets


To find out more about Heritage Open Days and to see a full list of national events visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Or, visit Buxton Heritage Open Days Facebook page.