Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day

As part of Heritage Open Weekend in mid September, Cheltenham College opened its doors to nearly 300 visitors.  On the Saturday morning 200 people came to see inside our older buildings.  They were mostly from the Cheltenham area but also came from as far afield as Hampshire, Swansea, and even Munich and Luxemburg.  Signing in at the Chapel, visitors were free to look around the Chapel with a printed ‘self-guide’, until the next tour left to take them to see the Chatfeild-Roberts Library, Big Classical and the Dining Hall, pointing out on route various features of note, such as the South African War Memorial, the frieze between the Quad and Big C stage, and the Wilson plaque by Kathleen Scott.  

In the afternoon Thirlestaine House was open to the public, from the dog entrance, through to the Rotunda and the Long Gallery, then exiting through the White Gallery. We saw some of the same people that had come in the morning, but many just came in the afternoon - from as far afield as Northamptonshire, South Shields, Luxemburg and Malta.   

Not so many came in the afternoon, but over the day we had nearly 300 visitors.  One lady was so pleased with her two visits that she left the following note: “Thank you for opening the various parts of the school to the public; it was an absolute treat to be shown the inside of buildings one passes on a daily basis and discover the treasures within.” 


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