AUG 01] HERITAGE OPEN DAYS NEWS
New And Old Open For Heritage Weekend
youngest star of Coventry’s Heritage Open Days 2001 is just over a
University’s Lanchester Library, opened last year is the most
modern building in a programme of 12 city sites dating back to the
Open Days is part of a national scheme run by the Civic Trust to
give free access to buildings that are not normally open to the
public or that normally charge an entrance fee. It takes place on
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September.
organisers Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions have put together a
building trail for 2001 that spans the old and the new, the high and
the low and the sacred and the secular.
oldest site in the city centre trail is Holy Trinity Church, where
some parts date back to 1215. There are also two medieval former
religious houses open over the weekend - Whitefriars, off London
Road and Charterhouse on London Road.
youngest site, Coventry University’s Lanchester Building, opened
in 2000 is also one of the most environmentally friendly buildings
in the country. Another newly opened Coventry University building on
the route is the Ellen Terry Building, better known as the converted
Odeon Cinema, Jordan Well.
tallest site is the spire of Coventry Cathedral Ruins at 245ft,
where you can get a magnificent birds-eye view of the heart of the
city. The lowest sites are the crypt chapels in the Cathedral ruins
and Coventry Tourism Centre’s spooky medieval cellar recently used
for research on ghosts by Coventry University.
most beautiful secular buildings open are St Mary’s Guildhall,
arguably the finest preserved medieval guildhall in the country and
the Council House with its splendid Council chamber and suite of
Lord Mayor’s rooms.
is also a lively entertainment programme based in and around the
buildings, which includes events in Priory Gardens and at the
Herbert Art Gallery. It’s also the first chance to see Thrust SSC
at the Museum of British Road Transport on Sunday.
buildings are open 11am-5pm both days. Leaflets giving full details
of the Heritage Weekend are available from Coventry Tourism Centre,
Bayley Lane 024 7622 7264 / 7266.