The Ramsgate Society are again coordinating this year’s local Heritage Open Day events held in September from 13 - 22.
This year’s theme is People Power and celebrates the ‘ability of local communities, groups and individuals to evoke change’. It is the 25th anniversary of this National Trust event and the third year that Thanet heritage venues have taken part. The Ramsgate participants will include: St. Laurence-in-Thanet Parish Church; The Grange - AWN Pugin’s house and St. Augustine’s Church; the Italianate Glasshouse; Ramsgate Walking Tours and the Ramsgate Tunnels; a living history day in Ellington Park, along with several new participants.
Our Blue Plaque buildings and walking trail link Karl Marx and Elizabeth Fry, and many others, with the town. Their work changed the shape of life for people in many parts of the world as well as locally.
Ramsgate’s rich seafaring history is at the heart of The Royal Harbour and this is reflected in the stories that are memorialised at the Sailors Rest Church; stories of courage and tragedy, commitment and sacrifice of local men who had the sea in their blood.
The Clock House, home to the Ramsgate Maritime Museum is a landmark building in the Royal Harbour, which has sadly fallen in to disrepair. This Grade II* building is now at risk, whilst Thanet District Council aren’t able to finance the repairs. This building needs our support for its survival, otherwise an important part of Ramsgate’s heritage will be lost forever.
The Old Fire Station has been a vital part of our community since it was commissioned in 1905 and grew organically out of the previous residential property that had been on the site. Now owned by Ramsgate Town Council, this wonderful building is about to take on a new role as a community hub and exhibition space.
These buildings have shaped the way our town has functioned in the past. All of them are open free of charge during the Heritage Open Days and The Ramsgate Society has a printed brochure with all the details of opening times and additional events. This makes your visit more memorable and easier to plan.
Come and find out about your town and its past, and if you have any connections with these buildings or other local heritage venues, we’d love to know about it. There’s so much to learn from the past and we like to celebrate our local champions and shine the spotlight on the tales of a bygone age.
We also want to share the link between the world-renowned artist Vincent van Gogh and Ramsgate. After the launch of the summer-long ‘Van Gogh Summer’ in June, we are holding six, free, art workshops in August to which you are invited!
Please contact us on 01843 580990 or email RamSoc2019@gmail.com
for details and to book places. For the whole of September, we’ll be exhibiting the work (with participants’ permission) at The Churchill Tavern, and any money raised will be donated to a local mental health charity.