Heritage day set for Market Place

Belper’s Number Twenty-eight community building is opening its doors next weekend to celebrate the past and present of the town’s historic Market Place.

As part of the national Heritage Open Days celebrations Belper Civic Forum, with the U3a Local History Group, will be hosting an exhibition of photographs old and new, artefacts and curiosities, accounts of life in the Market Place and Belper Fair at the former Salvation Army Hall – itself on the Market Place.

The building is open on Saturday 14 September during the monthly Farmers Market until 5pm, and the following day from 10am to 5pm. On the Sunday there will be tours of the Market Place at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

There’ll be a seating area for children to draw and take part in a Belper Fair competition, with fairground rides as prizes, and see artefacts from Belper’s past never displayed before.

Organiser Pippa Mansel said: “This celebration of the Market Place has been made possible through contributions from so many people who have lived or worked in this area over many years.

“Please come and see and, if you can, bring us additional material which we can photocopy or photograph and we will make sure to credit you.

“We’re hoping to run this again next year, when hopefully we’ll know even more about this important part of the town.’

Belper Unitarian Chapel is also giving tours of the Strutt family burial vault on Saturday and Sunday as part of the event.