From 13th and 22nd September, heritage sites across the county will be opening their doors to visitors as part of the Heritage Open Days festival.
Now in its 25th year, Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest festival of history and culture. Over the course of the festival, 5,700 events will be held, inviting communities to explore local treasures of every age, style and function.
This year, a number of Buttress projects are among the thousands of heritage sites taking part. This includes:
Southwell Minster is a Grade I listed cathedral dating from the Norman period. Director, Nicholas Rank, is Surveyor to the Fabric at the Cathedral and oversees an ongoing programme of the repair and maintenance to the building. The practice has also been appointed to deliver a £1.9million lottery-funded project to conserve and improve access to the Leaves of Southwell, a series of 13th century naturalistic carvings considered to be amongst the finest in Europe.
Tours of the Cathedral will be available from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st.
Grimsby Ice Factory
The practice has recently undertaken a condition survey to the Grade II* listed Grimsby Ice Factory. Built in 1900 at the height of Victorian industrial innovation, the Ice Factory survives as the only ice factory in the UK - possibly in the world - with its ice-making machinery still intact. The building, however, has lain vacant since the early 1990s and is currently in a state of disrepair. We undertook a condition survey on the building to help North East Lincolnshire Council and the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust better understand the building and take steps to preserve its significance.
On Saturday 14th, visitors can take a tour of Grimsby’s Kasbah which will feature an illustrated talk about Grimsby Ice Factory and its history.
St. John the Evangelist
As part of Heritage Open Days St. John the Evangelist, Ranmoor, will be opening its doors to welcome visitors to the finest parish church in Sheffield. Described by Pevsner as ‘opulent outside and inside’ the church will be open for visitors to explore and learn a little more about the work Buttress is progressing with the Parochial Church Council as part of its Vision Project.