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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Explore Nottingham’s finest medieval building during Heritage Open Day


St Mary’s Church Nottingham is holding a Heritage Open Day on Saturday 14th September between 10am and 4pm; there will be something for all the family, alongside a unique exhibition from textile artist Alex Kingswell.

This is a great opportunity to explore one of Nottingham’s most historic landmarks as part of Heritage Open Days’ 25th anniversary. There will also be a rare opportunity to explore the historic tower and see what goes on inside, before taking in the panoramic views from the roof. Back on the ground, little ones will have fun watching their favourite soft toys descend from the roof during a ‘Teddy Bear Abseil’, and receive a certificate to remember the adventure.

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Inside the Lace Market building, Alex Kingswell’s unique, colourful designs take centre stage. There will also be a 100:1 scale model of St Mary’s and immediate surrounding streets, brilliantly created by Masters’ students of Nottingham Trent University, part of their Heritage and Conservation module. While you’re inside, explore the beautiful architecture or get creative by producing your own brass rubbings to take away.

Worship has been going on at this site for over 1,000 years, with the current building dating back to the 15th Century. The Revd Tom Gillum says: “Often I hear people comment ‘I’d never been inside St Mary’s before today’, and regretting it on experiencing the finest medieval building in Nottingham. Saturday 14th September is a fantastic opportunity to sample St Mary’s and to get the best view of the city from the tower roof. The textile exhibition and the Lace Market model will be amazing, and the Teddy Bear Abseil … well a must!”

The Heritage Open Day lasts only one day, but Alex’s exhibition and the model will remain on display in the church from 13th-22nd September. Entrance is free and there is no need to book in advance. Numbers for each Tower tour are limited so register and receive your time slot when you arrive.

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