Behind the scenes at some of Newark's historical gems on Heritage Open Days
A series of open days in and around Newark is giving people the chance to discover more about the area and its history and heritage.
The heritage open days have so far included a guided walk of some of Newark’s timber-framed buildings, tower and treasury tours at Newark Parish Church, a behind-the-scenes tour at the Palace Theatre, and the chance to handle artefacts from the National Civil War Centre.
Ongoing events include an exhibition at Kelham Hall about one of the best-kept secrets of the second world war, when American oilmen were stationed there while working on oil wells from the Nottinghamshire countryside. It is open from 1pm to 5pm from today until Sunday.
Friends of Newark Cemetery volunteers will be on hand to help locate graves and give access to records going back to 1856. There will also be an exhibition about Polish wartime leader General Sikorski, who was buried there. The volunteers will be available today and tomorrow from 11am to 4pm.
Guides in Georgian costume will conduct tours of Newark Town Hall, including the ballroom, mayor’s parlour, the council chamber, and Newark’s narrowest house, from 10.30am to 3.30pm today, tomorrow and Saturday.
Tours of Sconce and Devon Park, which opened in 1913, will reveal the park’s rich history, from the civil war to its role in gypsum transportation on a small gauge railway. The one-hour tours take place at 2pm tomorrow and Saturday.
Newark’s heritage barge, Leicester Trader, is the last cargo barge built to fit the old locks of the Trent Navigation Company. On board is a museum explaining the life and work of the barges. It will be open from 11am to 4pm from tomorrow until Sunday.
The assistant curator at the National Civil War Centre, Kevin Winter, will lead a civil war tour of Newark at 11am on Sunday, exploring some of the places at the heart of key events.