Celebrating Yorkshire heritage through the legacy of Joseph Whitwell

The Heritage Open Days festival, marking its 30th anniversary, returns from 6th to 15th September 2024, with a unique focus on the theme of “Routes, Networks, and Connections.” Among the highlights, the legacy of Joseph Whitwell, a prominent Yorkshire figure, will take centre stage. This year’s festival offers a chance to explore the rich history and cultural significance of Whitwell’s contributions to Yorkshire, all while enjoying a wide array of free events.

Joseph Whitwell: a pioneer in Yorkshire’s rhubarb heritage

Joseph Whitwell, a name synonymous with innovation in agriculture, left an indelible mark on Yorkshire. As a key figure in the development of forced rhubarb production, Whitwell transformed the industry, making Yorkshire the world leader in rhubarb cultivation. Heritage Open Days 2024 will celebrate his contributions through various events, including a self-guided tour at the Hollybush Conservation Centre, where visitors can explore the paths and waterways that showcase Whitwell’s legacy in the region.

Exploring Hollybush Conservation Centre: a tribute to Whitwell

Address: Hollybush Conservation CentreBroad Ln, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3BP

One of the festival’s standout events is the self-guided tour at the Hollybush Conservation Centre. This tour will delve into the fascinating history of Joseph Whitwell and his pioneering methods in forced rhubarb cultivation. Participants will walk through the very lands where Whitwell’s innovative techniques took root, transforming a part of Yorkshire into the “Rhubarb Triangle.”

Heritage open days: a festival of connections

Heritage Open Days, organized by the National Trust with support from the People’s Postcode Lottery, has grown from a small event into the country’s largest festival of history and culture. Celebrating 30 years, the festival will offer thousands of free events and activities nationwide.

Join in

For more information on the full program and to register for events, visit Heritage Open Days.

Explore, discover, and connect with the history that makes Yorkshire a truly remarkable place.

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