Heritage Open Days to reveal best in Fenland history and architecture

THE annual celebration of Fenland’s fantastic architecture and culture is back - and this year’s Heritage Open Days is bigger and better than ever.

Wisbech is again Fenland’s main focus of the event, which runs from Friday September 10 until Sunday September 12. The doors to 13 of the town’s historic buildings will open their doors to visitors free of charge.

The museums in March, Chatteris and Whittlesey will be open as usual, with an event also taking place at March Town Hall.

Guyhirn Chapel of Ease and St Leonard’s Church in Leverington will also open during the weekend, offering the chance to discover hidden architectural treasures.

Fenland Family History Society will be in the Reed Barn at Peckover House in Wisbech on the Saturday with a display of family history materials.

Vivien, Wisbech’s vintage fire engine, will be parked outside the town’s Council Chamber on the Friday and Saturday, with a static exhibition inside the chamber.

Wisbech Social Club and Institute will host photographs from the Lilian Ream archive, St Peter’s Church tower will be open from 2-3.30pm on the Saturday and the Friends of Wisbech General Cemetery will be on hand to help anyone interested in family research.

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Elsewhere, creatures from the Black Fen and Fenland Frighteners is the subject of an event at March Town Hall on the Saturday, from 10am-3pm.

The event, organised by the Great Fens Museum Partnership, will explore the creatures which lived in the Black Fen bogs hundreds of years ago, as well as charms and cures for Fenland ailments. Young visitors will also be able to make their own Black Fen creatures.

Visitors to March Museum can enjoy a Battle of Britain exhibition and a touring roadshow packed with stories about the Fens.

In Whittlesey, museum curator Maureen Watson will give guided tours around the town centre and talk about the history of the buildings. Tours start at 11am and 3pm.