Library events for Heritage Open Days 2019

by | 3 September 2019 | Heritage, Library, Retford, Sherwood, Worksop

2019 is the 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Days and this year’s national festival will run for 10 consecutive days from Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd September. During this time, there will be special Heritage Open Day events in Inspire Libraries, including Retford and Worksop Library.

For Retford’s annual Heritage Day on Saturday 14th September, there will be a talk at Retford Library on ‘The Chesterfield Canal: Past, Present and Future’. This illustrated presentation by local author and member of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, John Lower, will take place from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. The talk is free, but places are limited so booking is essential — please call the library on 01777 708724 or email
Retford Library will be open as normal during the day and in the local studies room (upstairs), visitors will be able to explore newspaper cuttings, magazines and other historical resources relating to local industries.

On Wednesday 18th September, drop into Worksop Library’s Heritage Open Day. At this WWII-themed event, Inspire library staff, local groups and volunteers will be on hand to help with local and ancestry enquiries and show you wartime documents and photographs. The Wartime Worksop exhibition, exploring themes of evacuation and the home front, is in the library’s gallery from Tuesday 3rd September to Tuesday 15th October. Share your own second world war memories and stories with Worksop’s Townscape heritage officer and the project’s oral history volunteers. This free event will take place from 10.30am to 1.30pm and no booking is required — just drop by.

Also, on Wednesday 18th September from 2.00pm to 3.00pm, there will be a talk about the Lowestoft evacuation to Worksop during World War II, ‘Lowestoft Grammar Grubs Evacuate to Safety 1940-1944’. Christopher Brooks, secretary of the Lowestoft Evacuees Committee, will make a special trip to talk about his research and share the fascinating stories of Lowestoftians in wartime Worksop. There is no charge for the talk but advance booking is essential — please call 01623 677200 or book online at