On Sunday 13 September Worcester's Commandery will welcome visitors to explore its Civil War history for free as part of the national Heritage Open Day initiative.
Visitors to the historic site – one of the oldest buildings in Worcester – will be entertained with talks and tours on this significant period in the Commandery's history. They will hear about the Battle of Worcester 1651, its tactics, movements and the impact on the city of this bloody battle. A second talk will focus upon the impact of the wars on the civilian population; visitors will hear about the Wylde family who occupied the Commandery as their family home just before the Battle of Worcester and had to flee as The Commandery was taken over as the Royalist headquarters during the battle. Visitors can also take an audio tour around the Commandery and discover more of its history and stories.
Each talk lasts 20 minutes and will be conducted at the following times on the Sunday:
1) Battle of Worcester – 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
2) The impact of the English Civil Wars – 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm.
A national initiative, Heritage Open Days celebrates England's fascinating architecture and culture by offering free access to places that normally charge for admission or are not regularly open to the public. Heritage Open Day is England's biggest voluntary cultural event, jointly attracting over 1million visitors across the country. It aims to connect people with their local places by encouraging people to visit somewhere new or find out something new about old favourites.
David Nash, Manager of The Commandery says "Heritage Open Day is a chance to discover our heritage treasures and stories, bringing local history and culture to life. Free access means it's a great opportunity for all residents to enjoy the Commandery. "
The Commandery will be open from 1.30 – 5pm for Heritage Open Day on Sunday 13 September. Admission is free for everyone.