Ipswich Building Preservation Trust HOD activities 2015
Saturday 12 September 2015. 10.00am-4.00pm
Travel back in time to meet the builder of Pykenham's Gatehouse. Talk to the Archdeacon about his work, and crime & punishment in 15th century Ipswich. Hear tales of swine in the churchyard and stolen bells melted down for scrap, and learn how the culprits were dealt with in the Church courts.
Cameo historical re-enactments at 12 noon & 2.00pm.
Come along to enjoy a range of activities suitable for all the family.
- Make your own medieval document complete with seal, or draw the 15th century gatehouse building (Small prize for the best creation.)
- Take part in our historic buildings treasure trail around the town centre - a fun activity for parents, grandparents and children to share as part of this special Heritage Open Day event.
- Simply collect your map & pictures of our treasure-d buildings and start the quest.
A unique guided tour ‘Creating a future for the past'
- Ipswich Building Preservation Trust provide a very special guided tour of historic buildings at risk, past and present. Learn more about the important work of the Trust in preserving Ipswich buildings for future generations to enjoy.
- The walking tour through the town centre will include special access to the cellars and some first floor areas of the Trust's most recently completed project, ‘Curson Lodge' in St Nicholas Street.
- The walk starts 2.30pm on Saturday 12 September at Pykenham's Gatehouse, opposite Northgate Street library and ends at St Peter's Church by the Waterfront. Tour lasts approximately 75mins. Places are limited. Advance booking advisable.
- BOOKINGS: Advance bookings (up to 4.30pm on Friday 11 September) at Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St Stephens Church, St Stephens Lane, Ipswich IP1 1DP. Tel: 01473 258070 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Any remaining places can be reserved at the Gatehouse on the morning of Saturday 12 September.
Sunday 13 September 2015. 10.00am-4.00pm
A rare opportunity to visit one of the earliest domestic buildings in Ipswich. Pykenham's Gatehouse has witnessed more than 500 years of Ipswich history. It has seen the comings and goings of some twenty generations of Ipswich people - at first through the North Gate and along the street with the brook, and more recently past the imposing library built opposite it during the last century of its vigilance.
All events are free. Donations to Ipswich Building Preservation Trust to offset costs would be very welcome.
Heritage Open Days are an annual National Trust initiative and are organised in Ipswich by The Ipswich Society, sister organisation of The Ipswich Building Preservation Trust.
Here are some photographs of the events of the HOD weekend (plaudits to Jo Leah, Margaret Hancock, Chris Wiltshire and Bob Allen):