Across the country, more than 4,500 venues will be opening their doors to take part in Heritage Open Days, an annual initiative to help people explore the past.
Running over four days – from Thursday, September 6 to Sunday, September 9, there is something for everyone from lacemaking displays to a retro market.
On Saturday, September 8, Reading’s town centre, will be taken back to the 1940s and 50s for a special retro market, selling vintage clothing and crafts, while live music will come from It’s Jazzed Up, a group
that specialises in lindy hop, jitterbug and jive.
Head further afield and you can visit Stowe Gardens in Buckinghamshire for free on Saturday, September 8.
On the same day, Oxfam House in Oxford, where the charity was launched, welcomes visitors and the Thames Sailing Club in Kingston upon Thames is also opening.
In the Thames Valley, a number of churches are also joining in – for a list of participators, see the box below.
For more details, or to plan your visits, log on to www.heritageopendays.org.uk.