2019 Berwick venues and events – 14

Berwick Town Hall

Venue 2

Over the weekend, the Town Hall will act as the Information Point for the Berwick Heritage Open Days events. There's also a pop-up local history bookstall and a cafe so you can grab a cup of tea and take a break between visits. It's the place to come if you want to find out what is going on in the town – directions to sites or simply experience what we have to offer in the building, we’re open from 10:00 to 16:00 on Saturday and 11:00 to 16:00 on Sunday.

Facades of the Fifties photographic exhibition of shop front photographs taken 60 years ago as well as other photos taken in the1950s.
Historic Information about other buildings, including the history of the Town Hall.
Films of Berwick from 1911 to the 1970s – step back in time.
Talks on various aspects of the history of Berwick.
Berwick Photocentre find out about this local business and the history of photography (Sunday only).
Berwick May Fair can you put a name to the face in the photograph taken outside the building in 1951?
Wanted Posters vote for your favourite “wanted” poster sent to Berwick Police Force from the 1880s to 1900.
Especially for young people
Experience being an archaeologist with the mini dig led by Berwick Museum & Art Gallery.
Try the Berwick Then and Now quiz.
Decorate your own castle.
Draw your own “Wanted Poster” inspired by archive posters.

Events in Town Hall

This year, as well as all the activities in The Guildhall, the building hosts the following events:
Bell Ringing
Find out about bell ringing in Berwick, come along and see change ringing in action. Learn about how it developed, how bells are hung in a manner that enables even very small people to ring very large bells and perhaps, try it yourself! See page 4.
Cinematon - an Introductory Talk and Tour
Cinematon is an ongoing film project, begun in 1978 and made up of more than 3000 silent vignettes. Peter Taylor, Berwick’s Film Media and Arts Festival Director, will give an introductory talk on the work, which will be shown continuously in various premises in the town throughout September. See page 9.

Gaol in the Town Hall
Visit one of Berwick's hidden gems and find out how prisoners were accommodated from the mid-1700s to 1849. See the condemned cell, which housed prisoners the night before they were executed. See page 12.

About the author 

Homer Lindsay

Retired Global ERP Financial Applications Analyst and Developer with an interest in people; places; photography.

A member of the Berwick Heritage Open Days Steering Group and its website developer.