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Heritage Open Days 2022

9 August 2022

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With over 100 FREE events taking place in Lowestoft there’s lots of opportunities to find out more about the town’s rich and varied history. The brochure for this year’s content is now available or you can find out more on the website (Homepage | Heritage Open Days)

Look out for a number of events which are running as part of the Lowestoft Town Hall project.

The Town Hall will be open on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th for tours of the Council chamber, more information about the project, pop up exhibitions on Town Hall history and local industries, information about the local museums and what they have to offer.

Book tickets to hear Local Historian David Butcher talk about the history of the town hall site from 1300 to the present day. Wednesday 14th September 10-11am in the Town Hall.

Town Hall 1905

The Town Hall and High Street in 1905. Photo Credit: Alice Taylor

We’re also bringing history into the 21st century; Lowestoft museum’s priceless porcelain pugs are getting an upgrade! Tim Cross, local ceramic artist, has 3D scanned the pugs and they’ll be 3D printed in Lowestoft Ceramic Studio shop window throughout the HOD's festival. This pair of extremely rare Lowestoft porcelain pugs were recently acquired by Lowestoft Museum and are available to see in the Lowestoft Porcelain gallery in the Museum. There will also be a video of the 3D scanning process which can be seen at the Museum and also Lowestoft Heritage Workshop Centre. 

lowestoft pugs

The Lowestoft Pugs which can be found in the Lowestoft Museum

Book your ticket to catch Tim talking about Lowestoft Porcelain, how it has influenced his work and the process of 3D scanning. Saturday 10th September 3.30-4.30pm in the Town Hall.

You’ll be able to explore a new and improved Virtual Town Hall, created by Hugh Davies. See places in the Town Hall that you can’t normally visit, ring the Town Hall bell, find out more about the history of the building. Over the coming months, it’ll be the go-to place to find out updates about the project, more rooms will be added and also be acting as a virtual heritage hub with changing exhibitions which tell the story of Lowestoft and link to the many museums and heritage organisations in the Town.

Virtually Here

A screenshot from Virtually Here. Created by Hugh Davies and licensed under Creative Commons 4.0

As part of our ‘Your Lowestoft Stories’ project, working with Poetry People, we want to find out about your memories and experiences of living and working in Lowestoft which will contribute to a new video poem.  Look out for our 'Stories/Memories Boat', (an adapted tricycle designed to look like elements of a historic fishing vessel) which our Heritage Engagement Coordinator, Liz Ballard will take on a voyage around Lowestoft to capture people’s memories and stories, there’ll also be children’s activities that link to the history of the town and share news about the project.  Events | Heritage Open Days

HODs Brochure

The Lowestoft Town Hall development project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Towns Fund, Architectural Heritage Fund and Historic England.