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Heritage Hub Open Day - Saturday 28th June

Heritage Hub Open Day - Saturday 28th June


I’ve mentioned it in my last few blog posts, but the Open Day at the Prescot Heritage Hub is nearly upon us!

The Heritage Hub will be open to all visitors between 10:00 and 15:00 this Saturday, 28th June 2014. The Heritage Hub is at 53 Eccleston Street (midway on the stretch between Atherton Street and Leyland Street). Look out for the newly painted shopfront and signs!

53 Eccleston Street

Members of the Heritage Hub and the Prescot Historical Society, whose archives are at the Hub, will be there to tell people what they do. There will also be demonstrations of:

• Elizabethan crafts
• Elizabethan dyeing techniques for clothes.
• Spinning and plying yarn, a popular trade in Elizabethan culture.

I’ll be there as well – the THI office is upstairs in the Heritage Hub. I’ll be there to say hello and answer any questions about the THI and its progress. I’ll also have to hand a few architect-drawn 3D images of what some of the restored THI buildings could look like. Here’s one now:

We took on the new Hub premises in March, but there has been a bit of work needed to get the premises ready and everything moved across. The Hub and Historical Society are both just about fully set up.

North West Heritage Skills Academy and the THI at the Skills Show Experience

In other news the THI teamed up with the North West Heritage Skills Academy to promote, demonstrate and generally big up traditional construction work to the 5,000+ young people and students who attended the Skills Show Experience that took place at Aintree Racecourse on 17th and 18th June as part of the International Festival of Business.

Chris Cook, Traditional Lime Plasterer. What he doesn’t know about plastering isn’t worth knowing!

The whole aim of the event was to expose young people to different types of jobs and careers as they mull over what to do next whether they are in education or not. We had traditional plastering and slate roofing on display with the craftsmen themselves on hand to answer questions.

The Skills Show Experience was a great opportunity to promote heritage skills among young people, and I’m pleased to report we had a lot of interest and am glad that the THI made this possible.

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