Wirral has lots to offer history and heritage enthusiasts. Here's five top ideas:
- Wirral Archives Service Local History Workshops, at Cheshire Lines, Birkenhead. Thurs, March 2, 2pm: 'The Changing Face of Tranmere with Mary Ward; Thurs, April 6, 10am, 'Wilfred Owen,' with Janet Holmes; Thurs, Nov 9, 'Wirral and the First World War: 1917’ with the council's chief archivist Will Meredith. To book, ring 0151 606 2929.
- History and Heritage Fair, Saturday, March 11, from 10am-4pm, Birkenhead Town Hall. Prepare to explore Wirral's fascinating past with stalls, costumed characters and family history advice. Admission free.
- Victorian garden cemetery, Flaybrick Memorial Gardens are the final resting place for Wirral's great and the good. The cemetery's fortunes are being revived thanks to a partnership between Wirral Council and Historic England.
- Explore Wirral Archives Service, open 9.30am-4.30pm daily, on the Lower Ground Floor at Cheshire Lines, Birkenhead. Admission is by appointment only, but all are welcome to research or simply browse the council's fascinating collection of artifacts and documents. To book call 0151 606 2929.
- Birkenhead Priory is a fascinating place to explore the juxtaposition between Wirral's medieval and industrial past. In the shadow of the cranes and engineering of Cammell Laird, this small place has a big history and admission is free!