All over the country the annual Heritage Open Day, when the general public visit buildings not usually open to them, was enjoyed by many.

Although the day, Saturday 15th September began with inclement weather 126 visitors took advantage of the opportunity to visit our beautiful Town Hall and admire the new Council Chamber.

Sophie Fuce, Collections Development Officer, provided guided tours of the Town Hall ably assisted by our own art historian, Veronica McDonnell. They spoke knowledgeably about the art works on display and entertained the visitors with anecdotes.

Interestingly, two of the visitors were able to view an oil painting which had been donated by their own family.

It was an opportunity to see many works of art and this year there was a special focus on the work of women artists represented in the Collection.

Kuni Couch, in her beautiful kimono, gave a well-informed talk about the ivories in the Mayor’s Parlour:

Kuni Couch in a beautiful kimono gave a talk about ivories on Heritage Open Day 15 Sept 2018

Kuni Couch in a beautiful kimono gave a talk about ivories on Heritage Open Day 15 Sept 2018

 

The Civic Society and The Arts Society, Fylde were also on hand in the Porritt Room to display their work and encourage membership.

The Friends were much in evidence, greeting the visitors, selling cards including the new Christmas cards and 2019 Calendar and promoting membership.

Heather Davis - Conservation & Collections Manager at Heritage Open Day 2018

Heather Davis – Conservation & Collections Manager

Heather Davies, Conservation and Collections Manager, had sent an email wishing us a successful day and indeed it was. Sophie said she had received some wonderful feedback.