Discover the hidden gems of Herefordshire at festival events over 6-9 and 13-16 September

Herefordshire will once again open up its historic sites for Heritage Open Days with events over two weekends: 6-9 September and 13-16 September.

Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest heritage festival that celebrates the country’s fantastic history, architecture and culture. The festival is a chance for everyone to discover the hidden gems on their doorstep by enjoying a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

Visitors can explore two of Herefordshire Council’s museum sites during this year’s festival:

Black and White House Museum (free admission) - Saturday 8 and Sunday 16 September

The Black and White House Museum - awarded the 2018 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence - is a remarkably well preserved example of a 17th Century timber-framed building is situated in the heart of Hereford. Built in 1621, the house has been used for many purposes over the years, starting life as a butcher's home and shop and finishing its commercial life in the hands of Lloyds Bank in the late 1920s. To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, the basement of the building (which still contains the Lloyd’s Bank vault) will be transformed into a bank of the era. On Sunday 16 September, the Herefordshire Major will visit the bank to share stories from the Front with visitors.

Museum Resource & Learning Centre - Thursday 13 September (booking essential)

The Museum Resource & Learning Centre in Friars Street is offering the chance to join the curator on a journey into the museum stores. This is an exciting opportunity to see Herefordshire's rich and exciting history; everything from ice age tools and Roman pots to medieval nit combs! Two tours are available (10am or 11.30am) and booking is essential.

To book a Museum Resource and Learning Centre tour, call 01432 383383. For more information about Herefordshire Council’s museums and archives, visit

There is more information about Heritage Open Days and Herefordshire events on the festival website

Published: Tuesday, 4th September 2018