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Issue:- Thursday, 4 August 2016

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Patron, Loyd Grossman says:- 'Treasure Your Treasures' in Merseyside

PATRON, Loyd Grossman has launched, what he calls:- "the world's greatest heritage festival", rousing visitors to get out and about and 'treasure your treasures' at 5000 free events taking place across England during Heritage Open Days, between Thursday, 8 September 2016 and Sunday, 11 September 2016.

'Treasure Your Treasures'
is the theme for this year's annual 4 day festival, which calls on communities to champion their local heritage and show their support for cultural and historic assets on their doorsteps. Visitors are encouraged to capture themselves on camera with the objects, people or places that they treasure and to share their stories online via social media using the hashtag '#TreasureYourTreasures'. Specially made Heritage Open Days frames will be positioned in each region at some of the free events for people to put themselves in the picture together with or in front of their treasures.

The 'treasures' theme comes following the results of a straw poll by Heritage Open Days, which showed that 95% of Heritage Open Days organisers had fears about the future of places like museums, galleries, archives, theatres, parks and historic sites in their own communities, which may be facing financial uncertainty. 225 local organisers responded to the survey about their treasures and their level of concern about the effects of funding cuts. They felt overwhelmingly that Heritage Open Days had an important role to play in supporting the future of their local treasures.

Loyd Grossman said the 5,000 free events held during the festival provided the ideal platform to stand up and shout about local treasures. He encouraged people to engage with heritage as visitors and volunteers, and to get behind campaigns to retain access to places like museums, archives, libraries, galleries, theatres, parks and historic sites.

In the last 22 years, Heritage Open Days has grown from 701 events to over 4800 in 2015 with some 3.4 million visitors enjoying free to access events and activities over four days in September. Over 40,000 volunteers help to run the festival making it the biggest grassroots celebration of culture and heritage in the UK. It is coordinated centrally by the National Trust with funding from Players of People's Postcode Lottery. The festival provides an opportunity to showcase buildings and hidden histories in communities.

The database for this year's festival is now live.

A selection of highlights in Merseyside:-

Liverpool Medical Institution, Liverpool is 1 of the oldest medical societies in the world, traces its origins to the founding of the Liverpool Medical Library in 1779. The present Grade II* listed building dates from May 1837. The tour of the old building includes the unique Lecture Theatre, Council Room and Library. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour.

Mersey Tunnels, Liverpool...  George's Dock Building is Grade II listed and was completed in 1934. It was built as the headquarters and ventilation station for the Queensway Tunnel. The building is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the country and will be open to the public for the weekend. There will be a small display of photographs and artefacts on the ground floor which tell the story of the construction and also King George V opening the tunnel. Guests will also have a chance to visit the original Control Room. Tours to a Fan Chamber and down to the tunnel itself will be held at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 each day on a 1st come 1st served basis. Please note that the Tunnel tour will only allow a max 24 per tour and children over 10yrs only.

The Athenaeum, Liverpool... The Open Day will give members of the public a unique opportunity to view the building and its treasures through a guided tour. The Athenaeum, founded in 1797, is Liverpool's oldest social organisation. Its original purpose was to provide a centre of information in the newsroom where a wide variety of newspapers and periodicals were taken and a reference library which today contains over 60,000 volumes, many of which are rare if not unique. It also has an archive of documents, pictures and artefacts on many aspects to Liverpool's history and heritage. These are normally open only to the 500 Proprietors.

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