AUG 01] HERITAGE OPEN DAYS NEWS
Kids Join In Heritage Weekend
new children’s activity programme is to be launched at this
year’s Heritage Open Days which take place over the weekend of 8/9
free programme aimed at children aged 8-10 comprises a series of
activities on a historical theme based in and around the buildings
open for Heritage Open Days. The event is supported by a 3-year
Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £42,500.
can learn about the history of their city through hands-on
activities. Each of the events ties in with a period in history
linked with the building where it is taking place.
are creative activities like mask-making, learning how use a quill
pen, making a brass rubbing or creating a historical toy. Other
activities include face painting, historical instrument playing,
cinematic workshops and story telling.
is also a chance to meet and talk to characters from the city’s
history including Lady Godiva, the Black Prince, Henry VIII and the
Green Man. There will also be a series of plays that depict the
lives of St George, a murderess, an imprisoned queen, children of
the Blitz and a real life gladiator.
will also be able discover the different buildings in the Heritage
Open Days Programme, travel on an old bus from the Museum of British
Road Transport and see Thrust SSC, the fastest car in the world.
Open Days Co-ordinator Hilary Hopker said:
activities programme aims to teach children more about the history
of the city where they live in a fun way. It should prove an
interesting and enjoyable weekend for all the family.”
Open Days is part of a national scheme run by the Civic Trust.
buildings open this year are Holy Trinity Church, Whitefriars,
Charterhouse, the Lanchester Library, the Ellen Terry Building, the
Cathedral ruins, the Coventry Tourism Centre Cellar, St Mary’s
Hall the Council House, Priory Gardens, the Herbert Art Gallery and
the Museum of British Road Transport.
leaflets on the children’s activity programme are available from
Coventry Tourism Centrre, Bayley Lane on 024 7622 7264 / 7266. Email