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Autumn at the Guildhall
The team at Bury St Edmunds Guildhall is looking forward to a busy autumn of events sharing local stories and showcasing local talent.
This historic building has been at the heart of the community for nearly 1000 years and has seen plenty of drama over the centuries. From imprisoning kidnapped monks to housing Cromwell’s soldiers, hosting abolitionist meetings to World War II secret military operations, the Guildhall has played host to some incredible events.
During Heritage Open Days you can explore the story of this unique building and the people of Bury St Edmunds throughout a millennium of change. The Guildhall will be open on Sunday 12th and Sunday 19th September, with free entry from 10am to 5pm and free guided tours. Discover the secret properties of historical herbs in the Sensory Garden, step into the Banqueting Hall to explore the do’s and don’ts of dining in days past, and trace the turbulent relationships between the great, the good, and the everyday townspeople in the Guildhall’s Court Room.
You will also enjoy free entry to a truly unique local feature - the Guildhall ROC Operations Room - the last of its kind left in the country. The Ops Room was the wartime home of 14 Group Royal Observer Corps (ROC) whose incredible efforts helped win the Battle of Britain. Visit the Guildhall during Heritage Open Days to explore the untold stories of these everyday heroes.
Don’t miss the Guildhall’s three free exhibitions, featuring beautiful artworks by local creative groups. From 22nd to 26th September, Out of the Fold textile group will be sharing intricate work inspired by the 1000th Anniversary of the Abbey of St Edmundsbury in their ‘Drawing Threads’ exhibition. Iceni Botanical Artists capture the beauty of nature with exquisite botanical artworks which will be on display in their ‘Floral Art - Reawakening’ exhibition (16th - 22nd October). Suffolk’s dramatic coastline and sweeping landscapes are reflected in the pieces made by the Suffolk Craft Society, whose exhibition
Botanical artwork, textiles and stained glass artistry - all at the Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds
   of handmade craft includes ceramics, glassware, silversmithing and sculpture and will run from (13th - 21st November). Pieces on show will also be available to purchase.
n To find out more about the Guildhall’s upcoming events please visit burystedmundsguildhall.org.uk, email admin@burystedmundsguildhall.org.uk or phone 01284 247037.
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