THE First World War will be commemorated during this year’s Heritage Open Days in Chester and across the borough.
The Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress, Bob and Sandra Rudd, joined Major Eddie Pickering and Doreen King from the Chester Civic Trust at the Cheshire Military Museum to launch the line-up for 2014.
This year’s programme, which runs from September 11-14, is produced by Cheshire West and Chester Council in partnership with the Chester Civic Trust.
It offers free access to a wide range of historically important buildings and sites throughout the borough.
Cllr Rudd said: “As the country commemorates the Great War, it’s appropriate that Heritage Open Days should be part of the programme of events taking place this year.
“Heritage Open Days wouldn’t happen without the time and generosity of the many building owners allowing us to visit their fascinating buildings, our Blue Badge Guides and the many volunteers.”
A new booklet highlighting all of the buildings, walks and tours was revealed at the Cheshire Military Museum, as part of the Great War commemorations.
Mr Pickering said: “The Cheshire Military Museum is very pleased to be part of Heritage Open Days, especially this year as we commemorate the Great War.”
There are a range of free walking tours including ‘Chester Life in the Months leading up to August 1914’; ‘Upton by Chester historical walking tour’; and ‘Frodsham restoration in progress’ plus a guided tour of Chester Railway Station and Chester Racecourse.
The Cheshire Military Museum will be open free of charge on the weekend of September 13 and 14.
Other buildings to open free of charge include The King Charles Tower on Chester’s Walls, where stonemasons will demonstrate their skills, and the Lion Salt Works, Northwich, on Saturday, September 13.
Experts at many of the buildings and sites will be on hand to answer questions from visitors and give an informal explanation of the building history.
The booklet is available from Chester Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall Square, the Grosvenor Museum, History and Heritage in St Michael’s Church, and local branch libraries. It is also available online at www.heritage