Hidden wonders general public
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