Working with the experts at Barlborough Heritage Centre, St James church is opening up its doors for people to learn about the history of our church and its surrounding area on Saturday 9th September between 10am and 2pm. This free event will give you the opportunity to uncover the hidden secrets of our parish church, who knows, you may even learn a bit about your family history! Over 200 men from the parish fought in WW1 and 50 were killed. Mining was central to the village and 118 men from the parish lost their lives mining the black gold. Was one of your ancestors in WW1 or died in a local coal mine? Read copies of our Parish Newsletter from the 1800s, learn about Barlborough in times of war and speak to local historians over a hot drink. Little ones will enjoy going on a special treasure hunt to learn about our medieval church.
Rector, Rev Bryony Taylor, said,
‘I meet so many people in the village who say, ‘I’ve never been inside your church!’ – we wanted to work with the team at Barlborough Heritage Centre to open up our church building to enable people to have a good look around and maybe even begin exploring their own family history. We look forward to welcoming people young and old on the day into our beautiful church.’
This is the first time a dedicated heritage exhibition has been put on in our historic church – we hope it will be the first of many. We are unleashing some of our archives for people to explore. If people want to continue their research after the event they can do so with Barlborough Heritage Centre which is open every Wed-Sat 10am-12.30pm.
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture; every year, thousands of volunteers and supporters organise events that allow us to discover hidden places and try out new experiences. Brought to you by the National Trust, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and run by thousands of local organisations and volunteers, Heritage Open Days gives everyone free access to experiences and events across England, including access to many sites that usually charge for admission. For details and opening times, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.