Spectacular Heritage Open Days in Mole Valley
Celebrating Extraordinary Women, the World War one centenary and many fantastic places, Mole Valley will be hosting over 70 Heritage Open Days events from 13 to 16 September 2018. This year, 100 years since the Representation of the People Act gave some women the right to vote, Heritage Open Days nationally celebrates 'Extraordinary Women'.
Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of culture comprising over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers across England (excluding London). More information about Heritage Open Days can be found at www.heritageopendays.org.uk.
Mole Valley Heritage Open Days is organised by a small committee of volunteers with support from Mole Valley District Council and the National Trust.
On September 14, Mole Valley launches their Heritage Open Day events with a talk by Sian Evans, historical author and journalist, on her new book on the rags to riches tale of Polesden Lacey's Mrs Margaret Greville, arguably one of Mole Valley's most extraordinary women. Hosted at Leatherhead Theatre, visitors can book their tickets in advance through the Theatre's Box Office from 6 August.
This year also marks 100 years since the end of World War One and Mole Valley recognises this significant event at this year's Heritage Open Days. Churches in Capel, Newdigate and Ockley are working together on 'Ringing Remembers' and events in Ashtead, Bookham, Capel, Dorking, and Leatherhead remember the impact of the war on their community.
Highlights this year around the themes of Extraordinary Women and World War One include:
- visiting Dorking Museum to discover more about Emmeline and Fred Pethick-Lawrence, key players in the Votes for Women movement
- taking a guided walk through Suffragette Dorking
- visiting the range of exhibits at the Leatherhead Institute celebrating the women of Leatherhead and the road to suffrage
- finding out what it was like to live in Mole Valley 100 years ago at the end of World War One
- or just satisfying your curiosity by visiting places you have never managed to get into before
Booklets will be widely available from 16 July and can be picked up from Pippbrook Council Offices, Leatherhead Institute, libraries and National Trust properties, or search for an event online by visiting www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Heritage Open Days events are free of charge and available to all, however some events do require booking in advance. Check online at http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/advanced-search or in the Mole Valley programme booklet for booking information.
This year Heritage Open Days are introducing a new feature - additional dates from the 6-9 September for events that cannot be run on the main weekend. In Mole Valley, St Martin's Shared Church in Dorking, St Barnabas' Church in Fetcham and the Fetcham United Charities will be taking up this new option on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9.