Published Tuesday, 8th September 2015
Visitors will get the chance to have a behind-the-scenes view of Reigate Town Hall this Saturday (12 September) as part of this year's Heritage Open Days.
As well as the building's stunning architecture, exhibits include the Mayor's chains of office and some fascinating local artefacts from World War I.
"Whether you're fascinated by architecture or history or just curious to take a look inside your local town hall, it is well worth a visit," says Cllr Mrs Joan Spiers, Mayor of Reigate & Banstead. "The building which originally housed the fire and police stations and law courts, boasts some wonderfully ornate Art Nouveau features, beautiful stained glass windows, a collection of paintings by William Tatton Winter and many historic photographs."
World War I exhibition
One of the rooms will feature and exhibition commemorating World War I. Exhibits from Reigate Priory Museum and other local contributors, including period costumes and postcards from the time will be on show. The exhibition promises to be a great opportunity to understand more about the borough and its residents' contributions to the war effort.
Staff from Reigate Priory Museum and other local historians will be on hand to answer visitors' questions during the day.
Young visitors can enjoy colouring activities and refreshments will also be available in exchange for a small donation in aid of the Mayor’s charities, The Royal British Legion and YMCA East Surrey.
Located on Castlefield Road, Reigate, RH2 0SH, The Town Hall will be open from 11am-3pm on Saturday 12 September. Parking on site will be free for visitors and it's only a very short walk from Reigate station.
The Town Hall is one of 21 venues to be explored across the borough throughout Heritage Open Days weekend. Others include Reigate Heath Windmill Church, Barons Cave, Reigate and Tadworth Court Mansion. There are also walks, talks and activities taking place.
To find out what's on near you see the Heritage Open Days page.
Heritage Open Days is a national event allowing free access to historic and unusual buildings, many of which are not normally open to the public. This year the event takes place between Thursday 10 September and Sunday 13 September.
Reigate & Banstead's Heritage Open Days programme is coordinated by The Reigate Society and supported by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.