Help explore Clitheroe’s hidden history

Open day to focus on town's rich heritage
Open day to focus on town's rich heritage

Businesses, local venues and community organisations are invited to a meeting to discover how their hidden history could help to make Clitheroe an “open heritage town”.

Expert advice will be on offer at the meeting on Tuesday, March 28th, from events organiser Harriet Roberts, whose success in growing Heritage Open Days in Blackburn from one event to a programme of a hundred happenings led to her heading the national media and marketing team for Heritage Open Days 2016.

The meeting is being held at the United Reformed Church in Castlegate. It is open to anyone who wants to explore how their building, historical documents, photographs or other memorabilia could play a part in showing people an aspect of Clitheroe’s past.

There will be information and samples of resources for staging and promoting Heritage Open Days event, with opportunities to discuss ideas over a cup of tea or coffee with members of the co-ordinating group.

Clitheroe deputy mayor Maureen Fenton, who set up the group, said: “Last September, there was a programme of five events in Clitheroe, including the town centre trail organised by Clitheroe Town Council and Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce. Now, we want to build on that to declare Clitheroe a ‘heritage open town’ for this nationwide festival.”

Heritage Open Days 2017 will run from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September.

Other members of the co-ordinating group are Daniel Williams, president of Clitheroe Chamber of Trade; Steve Burke, vice chairman of Clitheroe Civic Society; and Claire Sutton, manager of Clitheroe Castle Museum.