Museum in Wrexham turning back the clock 300 million years


Rory Sheehan

RESIDENTS are set to step back in time 300 million years with the return of a history fair.

Wrexham Heritage Forum’s History Fair is back on Saturday, July 1 to celebrate the rich and exciting past of the area, evidence which can be found in all parts of the county borough.

David Millington, chairman of the forum, said: “We have the Iron Age Fort at Caer Alyn, evidence of Roman road building more than 2,000 years ago, the castles of Edward 1st and the establishment, over centuries, of major iron, steel and coal industries.

”We can also go back some 300 million years to when Wales was in a different place and the Brymbo fossilised forest was laid down.”

In celebration of this unique legacy, Wrexham Heritage Forum organises an annual History Day enabling the many Wrexham history societies to provide exhibitions of their heritage material on the town’s museum forecourt.

This years history fair will provide a full day of activities in addition to the individual heritage displays.

It will be opened by the Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr John Pritchard at 11am.

Wrexham Heritage Forum is a voluntary organisation founded 10 years ago to enable local groups to pool resources and work together to increase county wide and regional awareness of Wrexham’s heritage.

Events for the day are as follows;

l 7.30am-9am – setting up stalls.

l 9am-10.30am – setting up exhibitions.

l 11am-11.30am – opening ceremony with the Mayor of Wrexham, Cllr John Pritchard.

l 11.30am-noon – traditional musical entertainment with Ruth Moore Williams.

l Noon to 1pm – first town centre history tour, led by Phil Jones.

l Noon to 12.30pm – children’s interactive show ‘Medieval Medicine’ by Tangtwistle.

l 12.30pm-2pm – talks in museum. A Brymbo Heritage Trust project update by Gary Brown and ‘Holt – 3,000 years of history’ by Dr John Cubitt of Holt Local History Group.

l 2pm-3pm – second town centre history tour with Phil Jones.

l 2.30pm-3pm – more traditional musical entertainment with Ruth Moore Williams.

l 4pm – close.

Throughout the day there will be forecourt exhibitions by local heritage groups and period costume presentations from Tangtwistle.

Wrexham Museum will have special exhibitions and there will be a ‘rat hunt’ for children in the museum café. There will also be a children’s craft tent, mobile mining museum and Wrexham Heritage Forum stall (information and raffle).

The Royal Welsh Fusilier Museum volunteers will help identify any military uniforms and pictures brought along and the ‘Age of Steam’ – traditional steam organ, will be on show.

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