Community facilities at Greater Anglia’s Lowestoft Railway Station will once again provide a key focus for the town’s annual heritage festival this year, despite the organisers having to adapt due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.
Lowestoft Heritage Open Days, which attracted some 15,000 people to a range of tours, exhibitions, talks and activities in 2019 has adopted a revised format for 2020 with a large proportion of activity moving online however this year the superbly restored Parcels Office at Lowestoft Station will host two major free to enter public exhibitions running from Friday 11 until Sunday 20 September.
The exhibitions include one of the largest displays of historic Lowestoft photographs ever to be seen in one venue. Presented by Bert Collyer of Lowestoft Museum, the display will provide a fascinating opportunity to look back at how much the town has changed with images featuring many much-missed landmark buildings, shops and businesses. Accompanying the exhibition will be a display by local historian Bob Collis of the Lowestoft Aviation Society, featuring the local air war from 1939 to 1945. With a mixture of photographs, documents, memorabilia, and other artefacts re-telling and explaining the impact of bombing raids on the town and other air activity during World War 2.
Supported by the Lowestoft Central Project and the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership, the exhibitions at Lowestoft Railway Station are free to enter, and will run daily from Friday 11 through until Sunday 20 September between 10am and 4pm. Visitors are advised that to maintain social distancing, numbers will be limited on entry and all those viewing the exhibition must wear a face covering.
Also available from the Community Rail shop and Tourist Information Office at Lowestoft Station will be a free walking guide to several historic buildings commissioned by Railway entrepreneur Sir Samuel Morton Peto during the 19th Century. Although many iconic buildings have sadly been destroyed during post-war development, there is still much to see including some of the largest grand terraces to be built outside London.
Chair of Lowestoft Heritage Open Days Festival, Paul King said: “Although smaller than in previous years, we felt it important that we still celebrate in a positive way some of our towns unique heritage, art and culture. We have therefore worked to devise and present a fantastic, yet safe version of our festival that everyone can enjoy be it virtually from one’s armchair, or a selection of in-person events for those that still wish to get out and about.”