Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community, and history as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme.
It is an opportunity for people to see hidden places free of charge, and find out more about their local area.
This year events will take place across the country between 10 and 19 September, with many places across North East Lincolnshire taking part – some virtual events, and some in-person events, given the ongoing pandemic situation.
Heritage Lincolnshire are running with a specific theme: “Voices of Lincolnshire – Stories Unheard”, aiming to celebrate the many voices of Lincolnshire with a particular focus on the amazing stories that many people might not have heard that have contributed to our heritage and culture.
As part of the celebration of our heritage, the event that’s usually held on the docks in Grimsby will be held online to make sure that the port remains Covid-safe.
In line with this year’s theme, the Kasbah event will feature stories, photographs and memories from people who worked down dock or visited the area over the last 50+ years.
The team behind the Kasbah open day are collecting memories of this unique and often untold heritage, and would like your help.
Do you have a story you’d like to share, or perhaps some old photographs of the buildings down dock that you used to visit or work in? The team are especially interested to hear about any Kasbah myths and legends! Maybe you used to see the ghosts of former trawlermen heading out to sea, or perhaps you were known as the fastest filleter on the dock?
Cllr Callum Procter, Cabinet member for heritage, said: “The port was, and is, so key to the lives of so many families in North East Lincolnshire, and it’s important that memories of the port as it used to be aren’t lost in the sands of time. Working with partners, we’re striving to make use of the buildings on the port once again and create a new community, but in doing this, we must remember our collective past.”
If you would like to register for the event, please do so here: https://grimsbykasbah.eventbrite.co.uk
The Kasbah event is being organised by North East Lincolnshire Council along ABP and GGIFT.
Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 local people and organisations, and thousands of volunteers.