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Opportunity to learn more about historic Lowestoft

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Starting today, visitors to Lowestoft will be able to enjoy a wealth of free events celebrating the town’s unique history.

England’s biggest festival of history and culture – Heritage Open Days – begins today (13 September) and runs until 22 September with over 5,000 free events across the country.

Many events are taking place across East Suffolk and over 80 of these are in Lowestoft. Events include illustrated talks, guided walking tours, lunchtime concerts, performances and exhibitions. 

Many of the venues are usually closed to the public and so this is an exciting opportunity to discover more about Lowestoft’s unique history – and every event is free!

Included in these events are a number of exhibitions and activities organised by the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) Partnership.

The HAZ is a five year programme in partnership with Historic England, East Suffolk Council, Lowestoft Town Council, East Suffolk Building Preservation Trust and Lowestoft Vision focusing on some of the oldest parts of the town including the High Street and Scores. Together with residents and businesses, the project aims to improve the HAZ area by restoring historic buildings and kick-starting regeneration by celebrating the unique character and heritage of this part of the town. 

Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Deputy Leader and Chair of the HAZ Board said:

“The High Street and the Scores are at the heart of historic Lowestoft and the Heritage Action Zone aims to revive this area, restoring its character and benefiting local people and visitors. We are pleased to be part of this year’s Heritage Open Days festival and look forward to speaking to visitors about regeneration, history and culture.”

Events organised as part of the HAZ and the Making Waves Together projects include:

  • Lowestoft Scores exhibition at the Flint House, 80 High Street (Making Waves Together)
    Taking place inside the Flint House, there will be creative interpretations and displays highlighting the work carried out by volunteers during the Scores Project. Maps of the Scores will be available and visitors will be able to share their stories of the Scores.
  • North Lowestoft HAZ information point and pop-up art exhibition
    Between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 14, Sunday 15, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September, an information point will be open within 149 High Street. Visitors will be able to learn more about the HAZ and also enjoy a display of art created by students from Benjamin Britten Academy of Music and Mathematics.
  • Lowestoft Town Hall – Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September (10am – 4pm)
    Lowestoft Town Council will be opening the historic Grade II listed Town Hall and there will be information stands about the HAZ, regeneration plans for the area, the three year Making Waves Together project and proposals for The Ness (formerly known as the East of England Park).
  • Art Workshop at Blackshore – Saturday 21 September (1pm – 4pm)
    As part of the Making Waves Together project, come and celebrate Lowestoft’s long tradition with the fishing industry by participating in an art workshop by making your own fish through collage and craft.
  • Heritage Talks – Sunday 22 September at Blackshore, 263B Whapload Road
    Organised as part of the work on the new  Ness Park and as part of the HAZ Partnership, visitors can enjoy a series of talks about the heritage of the Denes in North Lowestoft:
    • 11.30am Dr Richard Hoggett will present on the heritage of The Ness, the UK’s most easterly park
    • 12.30pm Simon Middleton will give a talk on Blackshore
    • 3.30pm Local historian David Butcher will speak about the history of the Denes
    • Patricia the Fisher Girl will also be present between 11am and 1pm to talk about the lives of the fisher girls and show objects from the Lowestoft Maritime Museum’s fishing collection.

Full details about all the events, both in Lowestoft or across the district, can be found at heritageopendays.org.uk

More information about the HAZ, including the latest newsletter, can be found at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/haz

Making Waves Together is a partnership project led jointly by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and East Suffolk Council, funded by the national Great Place Scheme. This sees communities and organisations in both areas work together to boost the cultural offer and drive cultural re-imagination as a way of supporting success in the seaside towns. Great Places has been supported by a grant from Arts Council England and the National Heritage Lottery Fund, supported by Historic England.