December 2020

Still Available to View: Virtual Open Doors 2020 by Heather Williams Coronavirus meant that this year’s event went online. 27 videos were available to see, streamed live on Saturday 26 September at intervals during the day. They’re still available on Youtube at https://bitly.lk/VFlbh The mayor opened the event with a speech on St Peter’s Square, followed by traditional folk musicians, Pibau, playing in the Old Courthouse to welcome people to the first online event. Video presentations included Roger Edwards’s talk in Nantclwyd y Dre about the history of Ruthin; Fiona Gale talking about her & her husband’s Wynnstay House restoration; an illustrated talk about Ruthin Castle and in particular the colourful Cornwallis-West family given by Julie Masters; tours of the Old Courthouse and Manorhaus by Gavin Harris; and a walk around Ruthin with Rosie Jones, pointing out the various buildings of interest. Outside Ruthin, there were contributions which included a guided tour of some historic buildings in Corwen by Wendy Philips. The event was very well received and the statistics show that the event reached 8,168 people on the day. There were 3,790 views of the videos. Our thanks to Shelly Barrett & volunteers who put the event together. We hope to be able to host ‘proper’ Open Doors in September 2021.
Archive from 2013 Historic Interest