Hid­den won­ders gen­eral pub­lic

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

back­stage at the Key The­atre and another at the Peter­bor­ough Mu­seum & Art Gallery where vis­i­tors could ex­plore the unique col­lec­tion of Napoleonic art­work made by French pris­on­ers of war held at the Nor­man Cross prison camp.

The Peter­bor­ough Mu­seum Gar­den was also open to the pub­lic.

Richard Hunt, di­rec­tor of cul­ture at Vi­vac­ity, which man­ages many of Peter­bor­ough’s cul­tural f acil­i­ties, said there had been chances to see ar­chi­tec­ture both me­dieval and mod­ern.

He added: “We were re­ally de­lighted with the num­ber of venues which opened this year, pos­si­bly the largest ever, and I was re­ally pleased to see such a va­ri­ety.

“We saw a great num­ber of peo­ple go­ing on the tours and hav­ing the chance to see things which they do not nor­mally get to see.

“There were in­ter­est­ing things like be­ing able to see in­side Thomas Dea­con Acad­emy where the ar­chi­tec­ture is quite sig­nif­i­cant.

“You could go be­hind the scenes at the Key The­atre which is very rare, and like­wise the city’s ar­chives are kept be­hind lock and key.

“Very few get to see the amaz­ing ar­chives which date back to the me­dieval age.

“You c ould a l s o get a guided walk of Mil­ton Park so there was some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

Vis­i­tors could also go to the Old Cus­tom House i n River­gate, the 16th cen­tury build­ing orig­i­nally used as a toll house f or goods trans­ported by river.

There were also a tour of the Mayor’s Par­lour, Re­cep­tion Room and Coun­cil Cham­ber in the Town Hall.

The Her­itage Open Days series was es­tab­lished i n 1 994 and has since grown into the count r y ’s l a r g e s t her­itage fes­ti­val.

It takes place every year in Septem­ber.

Re-en­ac­tors from the Deads of Arms cook­ing in en­camp­ment at cathe­dral

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