Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. This annual event gives members of the public unparalleled access to historic sites across the country; some of which are not normally open to visitors.
On the weekend of 9 and 10 September 2023 we will be opening the doors of Mutual House. Our flagship branch, located on Princes Street, Ipswich, will be the venue for behind-the-scenes tours. Built as Parr’s Bank in 1901, this Grade II listed building was designed by local architect Thomas Cotman. It still boasts many of its original features.
As ever, we’ll be putting on a special heritage display in Mutual House, with artefacts from our archives. We will also be offering guided walks around Ipswich with our archivist Margaret Hancock.
Tours of Mutual House
The tour of Mutual House will include a behind the scenes look at our vaulted strong room and basement cellars, which are normally closed to the public.
Additional displays, new for 2023, will include our earliest ledger which we started in December 1849 and still use today. Visitors can also see handwritten passbooks, wartime microfilm and war damage claims. To celebrate the Wolsey 550 project there’s another rare chance to see our earliest Tudor deed beautifully scripted on parchment.
Saturday 9 September – 9am to 4pm
Sunday 10 September – 10am to 3pm
Tour times: Free tours available throughout the day; no need to book.
For 2023, our Heritage Open Days walks will focus on buildings in Ipswich that the Society used either as staff offices or for member meetings.
Saturday 9 September – 11.30am and 2.30pm
Sunday 10 September – 11.30am and 2.30pm
To book the guided walk, please ask a member of staff in branch during your visit.