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Friday, September 08, 2006

The Heritage of St Helens

St.Helens will be throwing open the doors of its many heritage hotspots from 7 - 10 September, enabling residents and visitors to enjoy the Borough’s heritage for free.

The jewel in the crown of the weekend’s activities will be the long-awaited opening of the North West Museum of Road Transport. With one of the largest collections of historic passenger carrying vehicles in the country, the museum will have volunteers available to answer questions and will also offer visitors the opportunity to take a trip in some of its vehicles.

There will also be two heritage bus tours over the weekend. On the 9 September people can enjoy a three-hour tour of the listed buildings in St.Helens, and on the 10 September a three-hour tour will cover various key industrial heritage sites across the Borough. Places on the bus tours are limited, and can be booked by calling 01744 755150.

In the town centre area, the Town Hall, Society of Friends Meeting House and Mansion House will offer guided tours of the buildings. Meanwhile, local company Just Mackintosh has extended an invitation for the public to attend a series of free informal talks about Scottish Architect and Designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The multi award winning World of Glass will offer free tours of its Victorian tunnels, including its glassmaking furnace, over the weekend.

And finally,

A special heritage rail trail tour will take place the following week, on 16th September, enabling rail enthusiasts to visit ten railway heritage sites including Rainhill Locomotive Trials exhibitions, Sankey Viaduct, Vulcan Village and the Huskisson Memorial.

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