Yet again Heritage Trust Network members from across England are taking part in Heritage Open Days: England’s largest festival of history and culture.
Heritage Open Days takes place in September each year to celebrate heritage, community and history. Many of the sites opened, or objects displayed, as part of the scheme are not ordinarily accessible to the public so it’s a fantastic opportunity to see some of England’s incredible hidden heritage.
Members taking part this year include Chance Heritage Trust, Shrewsbury Drapers Hall Preservation Trust, Byrne Avenue Trust, Heritage Lincolnshire, Manchester Victoria Baths, and even Llanfyllin Workhouse, across the border in Mid Wales, have got involved.
We don’t have the capacity to feature every member taking part but as first to send us their press release we thought we’d highlight our members the Norman Nicholson Society.
‘A FACE, A PLACE, A ROOT’
An exhibition in Millom to mark National Heritage Week
September 12 2022
The Norman Nicholson Society is to stage a one-off exhibition in the poet’s old home to coincide with National Heritage Week. It will take place for one day only, Saturday September 17th, from 11am to 4pm. It will give visitors the chance to see many of Nicholson’s possessions which are not generally on view to the public, as well as setting foot inside his lifelong home (ground floor only). The event is at 14 St George’s Terrace, Millom, LA18 4DB. There’s no admission charge and no need to book.
Chair of the Society Charlie Lambert said: ‘This year is the 50th anniversary of one of Norman’s best collections, A Local Habitation, and we have taken that as the theme of this exhibition. We have the ultimate aim of creating a museum in Nicholson’s house. This one-off exhibition will provide a taster of what could be achieved in the future’.
The event will coincide with a guided walk at 1pm retracing the route to Hodbarrow that Nicholson would take with his father on their regular Sunday walks. St George’s Church will be open to enable visitors to view the spectacular Nicholson Memorial Window, created by the late Christine Boyce.
Norman Nicholson (1914-1987) was a notable poet of the 20th century who was born and lived his whole life in the same house in Millom, Cumbria. He wrote about people, places and concepts which were familiar to him.