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Heritage Open Days to explore Watford's hidden gems
Cultural and historical areas of significance in Watford are due to be opened up to the public as part of a national initiative.
Later this month visitors will be able to gain an insight into Watford’s role in helping defeat the Nazis in the Second World War to the town’s first police station as part of the national Heritage Open Days.
The scheme is supported by Watford Borough Council and running from Thursday, September 12 to Sunday, September 15 to offer free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill said: "Watford has a wonderful and rich heritage which we should be very proud of.
"The Heritage Open Days gives us access to many buildings and structures that have so much local significance, which will become increasingly important to us as our town changes and grows."
Among the venues included is the Building Research Establishment (BRE), in Garston, where visitors can see the model of the Mohne dam used in the development of the bouncing bomb.
Watford’s first purpose-built police station, Henry Smith House, will also be opened. The building was later the Weights and Measures office and is now a centre for the mental health charity Guideposts.
Sarah Priestley, Watford Borough Council Heritage Officer said: "Year on year the popularity of the Heritage Open Day events has been increasing with many more people keen to explore new and unusual venues.
"This year we once again have an exciting range of venues that are sure to prove a big hit with visitors."
For more information about Heritage Open Days in Watford visit: www.watfordmuseum.org.uk For more information about Heritage Open Days events across the country visit: www.heritageopendays.org.uk
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