Guildhall gears up to promote volunteering and heritage

A volunteer drive to support Bury St Edmunds’ newest tourist destination will form an integral part of this month’s National Heritage Open Days at the Guildhall.

The oldest civic building in England will throw open its doors to the public for a series of activities this coming weekend and next weekend to celebrate the national event.

The Guildhall will give visitors the chance to catch up on 800 years of history through its Medieval Hall, Victorian courtroom, World War Two Control Centre and Tudor kitchen.

The open days will also give people the opportunity to find out more about volunteering at the Guildhall with a volunteers’ fair taking place.

Suzanne Stevenson, manager at Bury St Edmunds Guildhall said: “We are pleased to be involved in Heritage Open Day weekends and look forward to welcoming people to the Guildhall. Volunteers really bring the Guildhall to life and there are many roles available from costumed character roles to serving in our pop-up café.

“We’d love people to come and find out more about helping out. It is a great way to get involved with one of Bury’s most important buildings and to make new friends.”

Other events include costumed characters, felt-making and embroidery workshops and drama re-enactments telling stories about notable women who have been connected with the town through the ages.

There will also be a Women of Bury St Edmunds talk on both weekends.

Activities are free but booking is essential by telephoning 01284 247037.

To find out more about the events and the Guildhall visit

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