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Open doors event - behind the scenes at The Old Rectory and Hawarden Village trails

Published: 16/08/2016

On Saturday 10 September Flintshire Record Office, based at the Old Rectory, Hawarden, is taking part in ‘Open Doors’, a Wales-wide event organised by Cadw. Open Doors offers both local people and visitors alike the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Wales’ culture and history. The Old Rectory is an 18th century building set within its own grounds, which was home to the Rectors of Hawarden for centuries. For the past 60 years, it has housed Flintshire Record Office, which seeks to preserve the countys unique archival heritage and make it available to the public. The Open Doors event will include an exhibition about historic buildings in Hawarden (including the Old Rectory); tours ‘behind the scenes’ of the Old Rectory to see where the County’s archives are kept; visits to the Conservation studio to see how the unique and irreplaceable archives are preserved; and guided walks around Hawarden village following an historic buildings trail, led by a knowledgeable member of staff. Cllr. Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education and Youth said; “This is a marvellous opportunity for the public to find out more about the fascinating processes, skills and expertise that are required to preserve the County’s archives and to find out more about the architectural gem of a building and setting where this important work is conducted. Village Trail Tours - 10.00am and 1.00pm - booking required Behind the scenes and conservation tours -- 10.30am, 11.45am and 1.00pm - booking required For bookings and further information contact 01244 532364; e-mail: or The Old Rectory, Rectory Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3NR