September 7, 2011 4.57 pm This story is over 146 months old

Lincoln hosts Victorian heritage open days

Free heritage: Lincoln’s museum and tourist attractions will open their doors for free for a weekend of Victorian fun.

To celebrate Lincoln’s rich history, Heritage Lincolnshire will be hosting a series of open days across the city this weekend.

From September 10 to 11, Lincoln Castle, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and the Usher Gallery will be among the many attractions around the county taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days.

Heritage sites across Lincolnshire will be opening their doors for free, with a number also hosting special events with a Victorian Lincolnshire theme.

Will Mason, manager for Lincoln Castle and the Usher Gallery, said: “Lincoln Castle is steeped in history and the Heritage Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to explore it for free.

“Additional guided tours will be put on at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm. Our guides will take you through the ages, charting the story from the origins of the castle in 1068 to the Victorian times when it was used as a prison.

“Over at the Usher Gallery, which is always free entry, we’ll have guided tours highlighting the gallery’s Victorian artefacts at 2pm each day.”

Nicola Rogers, manager for the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, added: “As the museum is free entry all year round anyway, we’ve decided to organise a living history weekend to celebrate this year’s Heritage Open Days.

“With period room sets reflecting domestic and commercial Victorian life, the museum is the ideal place to explore the county’s past. We’ll also be running a Victorian children’s trail over the weekend.”

For a full line-up of Lincoln events, see the Heritage Lincolnshire website.