Hundreds visit heritage sites in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 12:24 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:40 11 September 2017

Mike Barker from Murphy Radio.

Mike Barker from Murphy Radio.

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Over 300 people visited Welwyn Roman Baths and Mill Green Museum and Mill for the annual Heritage Open Weekend.

Mill Green Museum.Mill Green Museum.

The museum service joined 40,000 other museums, churches and historic houses throughout the country opening the free opening.

The Heritage Open Days campaign aims to encourage people to visit unique heritage sites on their doorsteps.

Visitors to Mill Green got to enjoy a display of vintage TVs and radios owned by Murphy Radio experts.

There was also wood turning and beekeeping demonstrations, along with a display by Smallford Station Historical Society. Volunteers conducted tours of the museum’s stores, giving visitors a glimpse behind the scenes of an area not normally open to the public.

Bulb planting at Welwyn Roman Baths.Bulb planting at Welwyn Roman Baths.

Visitors to Welwyn Roman Baths tested their green fingers planting bulbs, with over 200 planted by the end of the weekend.

The bulbs included crocuses and daffodils which will brighten up the area of woodland next spring.

Wyevale Garden Centre in Codicote and Homebase in Hatfield donated the bulbs and equipment so the activity could be run for free.

Councillor Tony Kingsbury, executive member for policy and culture, said: “We often forget how lucky we are to have these unique historical places in our borough, and the Heritage Open Weekend was a great chance for people to come and visit the sites.”

Curator Emily Shepperson at Mill Green Museum.Curator Emily Shepperson at Mill Green Museum.

Curator Emily Shepperson said: “We are really grateful to all the local businesses that supported our Heritage Open Day event. “Their support means we are able to run further gardening and planting activities in future, encouraging our visitors to enjoy our special outside spaces.”

The next event in the calendar is ‘softly spooky’ Halloween at Mill Green Museum and Mill on Tuesday, October 31.

For more information, visit www.welhat.gov.uk/museum

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