Celebrate Wakefield’s rich heritage this weekend

The Screens Building at the National Coal Mining Museum will be open for the public to celebrate heritage weekend .Pictured is ex miner and mining museum employee Mike Lee, who was an apprentice electrician in the 1960's and used to work over-time in the building.
The Screens Building at the National Coal Mining Museum will be open for the public to celebrate heritage weekend .Pictured is ex miner and mining museum employee Mike Lee, who was an apprentice electrician in the 1960's and used to work over-time in the building.

STORIES of the city’s past will be told to visitors this weekend as a host of tourist attractions celebrate their heritage.

Former miners will take visitors to the National Coal Mining Museum on a tour of an old screening building, which is the last of its kind in the UK, and has been reopened just for the weekend.

Tours will take place today and on Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm 1.45pm and 3pm.

Castle-top tours at Sandal Castle today at 2pm and 4pm will show some of the ruins’ hidden secrets, and there will also be special craft activities for children throughout the day.

Visitors to Clarke Hall will get to step back 300 years today, during a special day run by the Friends of Clarke Hall,who will spend the day in full costume from 10am until 4pm.

And, at the Hepworth gallery today, there will be free workshops run by the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), including one at 10am which will focus on Yorkshire’s history in hand-weaving.

Heritage activities will also take place at the Chantry Chapel both today and on Sunday from 11am until 3pm, and an exhibition on George Gissing will run at The Gissing Centre, on Thompson’s Yard, also on both days from 2pm until 4pm.

Also todayin Ossett there’s the chance to go up the tall tower and ring the bells of Trinity Church, and there will be guided tours of both inside the church and its churchyard at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm.

Ossett Town Hall will also be open todayfrom 10am until 4pm for tours of the old offices and committee rooms, and a heritage trail will take visitors around some of the town’s other places of interest.

The events have all been organised to coincide with National Heritage Open Days, which celebrate the country’s architecture and culture and offer special access to places that may usually be closed to the public.

For a full list of events taking place this weekend, visit Wakefield’s tourism website at www.experience
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