Visit Bolton’s historic halls for free 


The historic halls of Bolton will be open to the public for free, as part of the national Heritage Open Day celebrations, which celebrates the fantastic architecture and culture of England.

Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum, a Grade 1 listed building is one of the north-west’s most famous buildings. The museum will open for free, from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September, from 12noon until 5pm.

In 1779, Samuel Crompton set the industrial revolution in motion when he created the spinning mule at Hall i’ th’ Wood, and in recognition of his work, on Saturday 12 September, staff will be dressed as Samuel Crompton’s family and will answer questions on the history of the hall and the museum’s collections. The conservator of Bolton Museum will also be available to answer questions about object and furniture conservation on Sunday 13 September.

Smithills Hall will open on Friday 11 and Sunday 13 September, from 12noon until 5pm, during the event. Visitors will be able to explore the 14th century hall, which has stunning examples of medieval, Tudor and Victorian architecture, decoration and furniture, as well as taking part in a free quiz. The Friends of Smithills Hall will be dressed in costumed medieval characters throughout the weekend too.

There are plenty of events taking place throughout the autumn also, with Halloween Hoots and Spooks and a ghost investigation at Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum, and a ghost and history tour at Smithills Hall.

Hall i’ th’ Wood Museum will be open to the public for special events and group tours on request, and Smithills Hall will be open Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 12noon to 5pm until the end of October.

Visit the link above for further information on all events.

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