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Heritage Open Days: Events that took place across Newark and Southwell




Heritage events took place across Newark and Southwell at the weekend.

A number of places not normally accessible to the public threw open their doors to the public.

There was chance to see, among others, the Newark Masonic Hall, behind the scenes of the Palace Theatre, and the residence and gardens of the Dean of Southwell’s home, as well as the Saracen’s Head’s King Charles Suite.

Adam Nightingale, part of the learning department at the National Civil War Centre, with a skull unearthed at Newark Castle.
Adam Nightingale, part of the learning department at the National Civil War Centre, with a skull unearthed at Newark Castle.

There was also a guided tour of Newark’s timber-framed buildings, and a number of groups had stalls in the town’s market place where they were joined by firms that specialise in conservation.

Heritage Open Days organiser in Newark, Kevin Winter, said: “There has been a great deal of interest in what we do in terms of heritage. This is an event that continues to grow.”

Artefacts from a massive pre-Christian pagan Anglo-Saxon burial ground unearthed on Millgate, Newark, in 1969 could be viewed and handled.

People of the time were cremated, often with their favourite animals and objects, and their ashes placed in urns, some of which were also on show.

Ten places of historical and cultural note could be toured in what is known as the Southwell Heritage Hop.

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