Newton House opens its doors to public
3:53pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
LLANDEILO’S Newton House will be one of hundreds of much-loved museums, historic buildings and hidden gems that will welcome thousands of visitors this month as part of the annual Open Doors programme.
Owned by the National Trust, Newton House in Dinefwr Park is a gem of architectural features and Edwardian interior design was built in 1660 and refaced twice. 'The hands-on' Newton House gives visitors an atmospheric circa 1912 experience. Exhibitions tell the story of Dinefwr and inspire visitors to explore the castle and park with special unseen collections on display.
Organised by the Civic Trust for Wales and supported by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, Open Doors offers both local people and visitors alike the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Wales’s culture and history.
Open Doors is the largest volunteering programme in the heritage sector with over 700 events organised by 1,800 community members, including guided walks, heritage trails, lectures, exhibitions and concerts.
John Griffiths, Minster for Culture and Sport, said: “Open Doors is an excellent scheme which aims to make Wales’s heritage more accessible and appealing to a wide range of audiences to explore and enjoy. From photographic exhibitions to guided tours, there are hundreds of fascinating events taking place across the country and I hope that local people and visitors will be inspired to get out and explore the wealth of heritage on offer.”
Anna Lermon, Project Officer at The Civic Trust for Wales, said: “Many people would be surprised by what is hidden on their own doorstep so Open Doors is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to explore their local heritage. With a range of unusual events and access to sites that are usually closed to the public, we hope to offer something different to visitors, and they are all free of charge.”
Some venues have limited numbers of spaces or require advance booking. Visit www.opendoorsdays.org.uk for full event listings and details of properties taking part in the programme.
Newton House, Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo will Open Doors event will take place on September 7 and 8.
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