History to be celebrated during Heritage Open Days in Coventry

Heritage Open Days will be returning once again for 2020 with a modified format of in-person events, virtual tours and guided tours.

Coventry and Warwickshire’s rich and fascinating history is set to be celebrated during a special week.

Heritage Open Days will be returning once again for 2020 and a number of events and activities are set to take place.

The week gets underway from Friday, 11 September with a whole host of events going ahead, including exhibitions, special tours, zoom presentations and more to educate locals about the city’s past.

Due to COVID regulations, the format of the event has been revised to have three types of activities: in-person events, digital events and guided tours.

Amongst the in-person events at several Hard Hat Tours hosted by the Historic Coventry Trust at Drapers Hall, Swanswell Gate, Charterhouse and London Road Cemetery’s Anglican Chapel.

Coventry’s Transport Museum will be offering free admission for all on 12 and 13 September as part of the celebration of local history.

Elsewhere in the city, the Coventry Watch Museum will open five of its six rooms to the public, containing clockmaking and watchmaking artefacts and information on what was once a huge industry in Coventry.

Virtual tours of St Mary’s Guildhall, The Herbert Undercroft, Coventry Archives and more will allow you to experience the city’s deep history from the comfort of your own home.

Five guided walking tours of the city are also to be hosted, but must be booked in advance by emailing karen.aspin@coventry.gov.uk or calling 07809 659255.

Each tour lasts around an hour or more, is limited to a maximum of six people, and all begin outside the Council House on Earl Street.

They include, on Saturday, 19 September:

  • 11:00 – Medieval Walking Tour
  • 14:00 – Coventry Walking Tour
  • 14:30 – Literary Walking Tour

Then on Sunday, 20 September:

  • 11:00 – Coventry Walking Tour
  • 14:30 – Literary Walking Tour

Further afield in the county, Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust will be celebrating Heritage Open Days by ‘virtually’ opening up its extensive history museum collection with rarely seen treasures on show.

On 11 September, for the first time, Warwick Castle will be offering evening access so that visitors can wander through the medieval castle interiors as the light begins to disappear outside.

To find out more about Heritage Open Days 2020 in Coventry, go to Visit Coventry’s useful website.