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HODS 2017Heritage Open Days celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns, parish churches to Buddhist temples. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.

Free of charge and literally on people's doorstep, Heritage Open Days is an event for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability. Co-ordinated nationally by English Heritage, the event thrives on the enthusiasm and expertise of local people. Thousands of volunteers from all walks of life share their knowledge and memories with some 800,000 visitors every year, making Heritage Open Days England's largest voluntary cultural eve

The images below show a map and a list of the locations in St Ives open over the HODS weekend.

The leaflet giving all this information can be DOWNLOADED as a PDF or is readily available from all 11 locations.


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The Civic Society has embarked on a project to place ‘plaques’ on buildings of historical interest in St Ives, to better inform local residents and visitors of the rich historical legacy we have been fortunate to inherit. The Civic Society wishes to erect plaques on the following buildings over the next three years. Each plaque will be round and approximately 15” in diameter (similar to the English Heritage Blue Plaques Scheme). They will be black with white lettering. The Civic Society is working closely with the Norris Museum and the Town Council who, as their part of the project, are planning to erect 6 interpretation boards at various locations of local interest in the town, such as Market Hill and the Bible Orchard.

The photographs below show the TEN plaques on the Norris Museum, the Old Police Station, the National Schools building, Gateway House, the Independent Chapel, the Town Hall, the Free Church, the Old Grammar School, the Corn Exchange and the Sacred Heart, Roman Catholic Church

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