Newbury Town Hall is throwing open its doors to the public so that everyone can view the Council Chamber, historical portraits, maces and other civic regalia - including the Honours Boards, which lists all the Mayors of Newbury, going back to 1596.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of (some) women winning the right to vote and the Open Day will focus on Newbury’s women Mayors. The event is free and all are welcome.
Speaking ahead of the event, Leader of the Council, Adrian Edwards said: “As Town Councillors, we are proud of our heritage and traditions dating back to the first Charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1596. We invite you to join us in the Council Chamber on 15th September to share this experience with you”.
The Victorian Town Hall (pictured) was built between 1876 and 1878 and The Town Hall clock and clock tower were added three years later, in 1881. The Municipal Offices (facing Mansion House Street), were added in the early 1900s.
The event is taking place on Saturday 15 September from 10:00 until 14:00.
Heritage Open Days are running a photography competition during this national event and are asking people to submit their best shots of buildings and places open to the public during the open days.
They are offering a 1st place prize of a £100 voucher courtesy of Cotswold Outdoor, and the winners image will be featured on their website. For more information have a look at their website: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/news-desk/news/heritage-open-days-2018-photography-competition. We would encourage anyone visiting the Town Hall on 15 September to take photos and submit their best for the competition. Good luck!
• The Open Day runs from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Saturday 15 September.
• Officers and members of the Council will be in attendance to welcome the public. Light refreshments will be available.
• The event is open to all and no booking is required.
• Children must be supervised.
• A lift is available for anyone who has difficulty with the steps and staircase.
• Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the country; in 2017, 5,000 events welcomed around three million visitors across England. Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Every single Heritage Open Days event is free, including access to many sites that usually charge for admission. For details and opening times, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk .