Heritage Open Days
Posted: Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:23 by Barbara Wiggins
Heritage Open Days, England's biggest festival of history and culture, is set to get communities' creative juices flowing with an innovative challenge in 2017. A surprise 'bonus' award of £75,000 from players of People's Postcode Lottery will enable four new artistic interventions for the festival. Four artists will be creating work rooted in local stories to be presented in the communities whose history they reflect. The project will benefit England's most under-resourced areas to bring culture and history to life within their local communities, encouraging more people to get involved with the heritage on their doorstep. These creations will be free for all to access over the festival weekend, open 7th – 10th September 2017.
St Mary's Church in Rushden is taking part in the Heritage Open Days on Saturday 9 September. The Church will be open between 9am and 4pm, with tours of the 172ft high Bell Tower taking place during the morning.
St Mary's is a 12th Century Church steeped in history. Inside the building there is a magnificent Strainer Arch which is similar to features at Canterbury and Wells Catherdrals. There is also a similar structure at St Mary's Church Finedon, believed to be by the same Architect.