With venues across Coventry pulling out all the stops for the Heritage Open Days weekend it would have been rude to have not visited a few of them.
I started with a walk around the old Coventry Evening Telegraph building which until May of this year had stood empty since July 2012 when the last remaining workers relocated to new offices at Coventry Canal Basin. Since re-opening as a pop-up gallery, the now renamed CET Building is also open for tours around the office spaces, print rooms, board room and all in-between. Although this was not my first visit to the venue I noticed so many things that I hadn’t seen before and would recommend it to anyone.
My next stop was the Grade I listed, Old Grammar School, situated to the rear of Coventry Transport Museum where, as well as looking around the 12th century hospital and chapel, visitors were allowed to ring the bell which could be heard when leaving the CET Building.
After a quick pit-stop with refreshments at Priory Visitors Centre it was good to see so many people waiting to participate in the City Wall Walk with The Friar.
My penultimate visit was to the often overlooked St Mary’s Guildhall. This stunning building can be found on Bayley Lane alongside the Old Cathedral and is home to the Coventry Tapestry.
Last, but by no means least, was Coventry Council House and in particular the Council Chambers. Also, within the newly refurbished committee rooms there was an exhibition from the Midlands Federation of Metal Detecting and the showing of the ‘Coventry Rebuilt‘ video by Peter James Knight.