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Go Free in Shrewsbury for Heritage Open Days

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Shrewsbury is full of fun facts and finds and now you can explore five for free as part of the national Heritage Open Days event between 10th and 13th September. Celebrating the country's architecture and culture, Heritage Open Days offer free access to places that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission, so you can see more of Shrewsbury!

· Behind the scenes at Shropshire Archives - Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2AQ

Your chance to see behind the scenes at Shropshire Archives including the conservation section, the reprographics section and the stores, where over 5 miles (9 kilometres) of records are housed in environmentally controlled conditions. A selection of fantastic collections will also be on show. (Tour not suitable for children under the age of 9)

Opening times: Thursday 10th September: 11.00 and 14.00. Pre-booking required, call 0345 678 9096 or email [email protected]

· Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery - The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1HL

Saunter between six galleries in the Victorian Music Hall and 13th century Vaughan Mansion ranging from the Romans to the Shropshire Gallery, the Tudor's to the Stuart's. Families can find interactive features in the Medieval Gallery, or take a break in the stop. café bar in the courtyard. Perfectly placed in the building is the Visitor Information Centre, where you'll find further information on Heritage Open Day attractions.

Opening times: Sunday 13th September: 10.00-17.00.

· Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental Museum - The Castle, Castle Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 2AT

Home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust, the 16th century castle originates from the reign of William the Conqueror and was a major border fortress in the Middle Ages. Now the castle houses a fascinating collection of weapons, medals and other artefacts including a Modern Army display.

Saturday 12th September at 13:00 - Shrewsbury Heritage will bring Medieval music and dance and the Shrewsbury Mummers play to the grounds of Shrewsbury Castle.

Sunday 13th September - The Shropshire Regimental Museum will be offering free entry between 10:30 - 17:00. Laura's Tower on the castle mound will also be opened for the first and only time this year to give visitors the opportunity to look inside the tower and see its stunning domed ceiling.

· Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings - Spring Gardens, Ditherington, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2SZ

The Flaxmill Maltings site contains four grade one listed buildings, including the World's first, third and eighth iron-framed structures. Guided tours will be available at regular intervals throughout the weekend. There will be interpretation and displays on the history, structure and uses of the buildings.

Opening times: Saturday 12th September: 10.00-16.00, Sunday 13th September: 10.00-16.00

· Shrewsbury Unitarian Church & the Cabinet of Curiosities - High Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1LR

For Heritage Open Days the church hosts a Cabinet of Curiosities, a contemporary touring artwork created by re:collect, a group of Shropshire artists. It is based on 16th -18th century Cabinets of Curiosity, which are considered the forerunners of modern museums. The Cabinet is built of recycled furniture and houses artefacts, new artworks, personal objects, sounds and words in an evocation of heritage and memory.

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