Chelmsford Civic Society announces Heritage Open Days 2020

A feast of free events will be taking place in Chelmsford this September.

Good news from Chelmsford Civic Society – keeping within current Covid restrictions Chelmsford Heritage Open Days will take place this year with a 10 day festival in September.

The event this year will be a little different to previous years. Together with Essex 2020 the Civic Society has come up with a programme that is unlike any seen before.

Enjoy virtual visits to some of Chelmsford’s great buildings, online talks, outdoor events, hidden nature walks and self guided trails.

The free festival will take place from September 11th to 20th. Here are a few highlights.

  • Heritage Free Art Friday – Free artworks that will appear around Chelmsford just for that day
  • Some amazing new video footage depicting stories from our local people’s past
  • City Centre Scavenger hunt – a real history discovery trail
  • Marconi celebration events, including virtual walks and talks together with an audio tour
  • Virtual lectures on “Pioneering Women of Science” and the “Chelmsford Heritage Triangle”
  • Real and virtual tours of our Bronze Age Enclosure in Springfield
  • An on-line tour of the Chelmsford Museum “On Air” Exhibition
  • Actual guided tours of the “Hidden Nature” of Galleywood Common
  • Video tours of our historic Hylands House and the majestic Shire Hall
  • A real “Hidden Nature Draw” staged at Writtle University
  • The Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral will give us a virtual guided tour of this famous building
  • A “Manifesto for Essex” exhibition organised by the Essex Book Festival
  • The grand finale will be a production from electric voice theatre

Virtual tours will be screened via Chelmsford Civic Society’s YouTube channel. Online talks via Zoom will need to be booked in advance. Visit Heritage Open Days for more information on all the events as they are announced.


The Chelmsford Heritage Open Days events are co-ordinated by the Chelmsford Civic Society, sponsored by Chelmsford City Council and the National Trust and supported by Essex 2020.