Heritage Weekend throws open doors of Kirklees' architectural gems
Sep 13 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Buildings celebrate their heritage
THE heritage of some of Kirklees’ finest buildings was celebrated at the weekend.
Venues of every age, style and function threw open their doors to the public for the Heritage Open Days event.
Held over four days, the event gave locals the chance to take a free peek around historic properties normally closed to the public or those that usually charge for admission.
The highlights this year included a rare free glimpse into Castle Hill’s imposing Victoria Tower at Almondbury.
The tower was built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign.
Once again this year, visitors were able to marvel at some of the creations of Edgar Wood, who was one of England’s most innovative architects.
Visitors nosed around the art-nouveau Lindley Clock Tower and 1868-built Lindley Methodist Church.
The council’s museums were also in the spotlight this year, including 1896-built Dewsbury Museum which recently re-opened after a major refurbishment.
Hidden features including old decoration and panelling, bricked-up doorways and fireplaces were discovered during the restoration work.
The West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield featured in the event for the first time.
There was an exhibition of artwork inspired by Kirklees’ building heritage and a programme of local history talks.
The Grade II listed building was opened in around 1880 as a school, with some of the stonework dating back even earlier.
The national celebration of architecture, history and culture is organised by the Civic Trust and co-ordinated locally by Kirklees Museums and Galleries.