See Bury’s hidden heritage and help shape Guildhall’s future

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Visitors to Bury St Edmunds’ Heritage Open Days can play a part in shaping the future of the UK’s oldest civic building.

The town’s 12th century Guildhall will open as part of Heritage Open Days from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

But as well as touring the building and seeing its World War Two Observer Corps control room, visitors will be able to see plans for the Guildhall Experience project and meet the team behind it as part of a consultation running until September 19.

Mike Jackson, project director of Bury Heritage Trust, said: “It’s essential that we get the new Bury Guildhall Experience right and ensure it is offering something innovative, inclusive and community-focused for the people of Bury.

“That is why we are further testing our ideas as the project develops. This project is about creating something that adds value to Bury St Edmunds as a community.”

The project was granted Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) in 2013 and the trust has been looking at the options for revamping and opening the building before making a final funding submission to HLF

The hope is to bring Bury’s history to life with actors and volunteers, interactive displays and a sensory experience for disabled people.

Visit www.buryguildhallexperience.org.uk

Heritage Open Days run from today to Sunday with many normally inaccessible buildings in and around Bury opening to the public.

You can even go behind the scenes at the Magistrates’ Court, and see ‘trials’, on Saturday. There are tours of the Norman Tower and the chance to see St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s Ancient Library.

Buildings opening their doors range from Bury Fire Station and council offices to several water and windmills in the countryside around the town.

For a full list of places to visit, and times of tours, visit The Apex or www.westsuffolkdiary.co.uk/where-to-go