Heritage Open Days 2016, which were jointly organised by the Friends of Abingdon and the Museum, were a great success despite the atrocious weather on the Saturday. About 2000 people attended the Medieval Market and the open houses all reported plenty of visitors. We had 68 people on the Sunday walks and at least 310 visitors to the Abbey Buildings – including lots of children. The 1950s Abingdon Exhibition in the Community FreeSpace attracted over 1200 visitors – and we learned lots of fascinating information from many of them during its one-week run.
We had two well-attended talks in St Nicolas Church – Jackie Smith telling us about the 600-year history of Abingdon’s Bridges and Father Oswald McBride talking about Life in a Benedictine Monastery in medieval and modern times. Father McBride also came on the Lost Abbey Walk with us on the Sunday and helped us to imagine much more clearly what Abingdon’s Great Church would have been like.