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Town’s historic tower to take part in national heritage celebration

  • Heritage Open Days

Loughborough’s historic Carillon Tower will open its doors on Saturday, September 14 as part of a national event to celebrate heritage. Charnwood Borough Council is working with the Carillon War Memorial Trust to open the tower during Heritage Open Days: England's largest festival of history and culture.

The tower, which underwent a £280,000 conservation project in 2018, is currently closed while the trust applies for funding to improve the museum inside.

Visitors will be able to see the completed conservation works and find out about the planned redevelopment of the museum.

Cllr Jenny Bokor, lead member for Loughborough said: “The Carillon is a much-loved part of Loughborough’s history which we will be showcasing as part of this year’s Heritage Open Day.

“Following the conservation project last year, the tower has remained closed while the Council worked with the trust to refresh what the museum offers to visitors.”

“There have been a number of open days already this summer giving people the opportunity to find out about the conservation project and to view the plans to refresh the museum.

“I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t been to the tower for a while to come along to the open day, meet some of the volunteers and give feedback on the plans.”

Visitors will be able to visit the ground floor of the Carillon between 12pm-3pm and can climb the 138 steps to the viewing balcony for spectacular views of Loughborough and to see the tower’s bells up close.

The Council and trust are also working with Taylor’s Bellfoundry which is hosting an open day between 10.30am-2.30pm. People can see behind the scenes of one of the UK’s last major bellfoundry and visit the museum there.

The bellfoundry will also host a guided walk from Queen’s Park to the bellfoundry. The walk will depart from the Carillon Tower at 1pm and people are encouraged to dress up in Victorian fancy dress.

To find out more about the Heritage Open Day at the Carillon Tower visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/carillon-tower

For more information about the Heritage Open Day at Taylor’s Bellfoundry visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/loughborough-bellfoundry-open-day

Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history as part of Heritage Open Days. It involves more than 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers.