Heritage Open Days – Digging up the secrets of the Calder Stones

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Date(s) - Thursday 13 September 2018 - Friday 14 September 2018
All Day

The Courtyard, Calderstones Park


“See you soon Calder Stones!” Celebrate the rich history of Calderstones Park at a very special Heritage Open Days event as the Neolithic Calder Stones start their conservation journey before returning the Calderstones in Spring 2019.

Similar in age to Stonehenge, Liverpool’s Neolithic Calder Stones are amongst the earliest evidence of settled life in the area. Originally part of a passage grave, the Stones have been removed and housed in a glasshouse – an unsuitable environment which has accelerated their deterioration. Thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding secured by The Reader, the ancient monoliths will soon undergo essential conservation work before returning to a new, specially designed home within the gardens of the Calderstones Mansion House when it reopens in Spring 2019.

Their journey beings on Heritage Open Days when conservation specialists will remove the Stones from the ground and unearth the hidden secrets below. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the work as it’s undertaken, to discover the history – and future – of the Stones and the Mansion House which is currently being transformed into The Reader’s International Centre for Shared Reading.

Our free heritage tours will also explore the rich history of Calderstones Park itself, including the legends of the thousand-year-old Allerton Oak and the story of Jet the Hero Dog.

Register now for a free heritage walking tour on Thursday 13 or Friday 14 of September. Tours will begin at the Harthill Vestibule. Each tour has a capacity of 12 people.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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