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Wirral Heritage Open Days : 6th - 16th September

Explore Wirral’s amazing heritage, with free access to over 70 historic sites and heritage walks, talks & activities. In the year that celebrates women getting the vote, find out about Wirral’s ‘Extraordinary Women’ including female lighthouse keepers, stained glass artists, suffragists and social reformers.

For full details pick up a brochure from a library or see www.wirralhistoryandheritage.org.uk.

1. Bidston Observatory, Wilding Way, Bidston, CH43 7RA. Thurs 6th Sept & Sun 9th Sept, 1pm - 4pm, Sat 15th Sept, 12 noon - 3pm.

The  Observatory (1866) occupies a prominent positions on Bidston Hill. Join a 50 minute tour of the building. View a short film. Tours limited to 20 people at a time so are on a ‘first come first served basis.’

2. Wilfred Owen Story, 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, CH41 6AW. Thurs 6th, Fri 7th 11am – 2pm and Thurs 13th, Fri 14th Sept, 11am – 2pm.

In the year that celebrates the centenary of his birth, find out about WW1 poet, Wilfred Own, who spent his school years in Birkenhead. Find out about other WWI writers. Why not also visit the exhibition on ‘Inspirational women’ in the nearby Rathbone Studios, 28 Argyle Street, Birkenhead CH41 6AE, Tues 11th – Sat 15th Sept, 11am – 2,00pm.

3.Guided tour of Eastham Village – Meet at Lych-gate, Stanley Lane, Eastham, CH62 0AQ. Thurs 6th, Fri 7th, Thurs 13th, Fri 14th Sept. 10.30am - 12.00 noon.

Find out about the ancient Domesday village of Eastham, now a Conservation Area. Discover the story of some of the buildings and events that have contributed the village’s history over time.

4. Ss Peter, Paul and St Philomena’s Church, 7 Atherton Street, New Brighton, CH45 9LT. Thurs 6th – Sat 8th Sept, 10am – 3.30pm, Sun 9th 2pm – 4pm.

See inside the ‘Dome of Home’ a monumental landmark, completed 1935. Join a Guided Tour. Hear how the Church sustained the local community during the WWII Blitz.

5. West Kirby Museum, St Bridget’s Centre, St Bridget’s Lane, West Kirby, CH48 3JT. Sat 8th & Sat 15th Sept, 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Founded in 1892 and now totally refurbished, this little Museum houses fragments of Viking stone sculpture and later medieval stonework and tells the story of West Kirby Old Village, St Bridget’s Church and St Bridget’s School. A temporary exhibition celebrates the coming of the Railway.

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