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Heritage Open Days event - Arnold Bennett's Burslem

  • Date: 11th September 2020 - 20th September 2020 (Every day)
  • Location: online event - Burslem Town
  • Time: 00:01 - 23:59
  • Cost: free

To register for the event: contact Ray Johnson on ray.johnson@filmarchive.org.uk On September 11th you will be sent the Virtual Tour by WeTransfer or Dropbox to download for your personal use.

The town of Burslem is regarded as the oldest town in Stoke-on-Trent ("The Potteries"). It is the "Mother Town". Bennett set most of his Five Towns books and short stories here - renaming town names and streets in a 'parallel' way. Waterloo Road becomes Trafalgar Road, the Leopard Inn becomes The Tiger Inn and so on. "Anna of the Five Towns" opens outside Duck Bank Chapel (Swan Bank Chapel), "Clayhanger" features a concert and a champion clog dancer in The Dragon (the George Hotel) and his own home becomes the home of Edwin Clayhanger. Burslem itself features as "Bursley", and this virtual tour follows "The Bursley Trail" - created by the Arnold Bennett Society as a walking tour with plaques identifying the buildings en route. This virtual tour allows us to show and investigate these buildings now and in the past, with commentary informed by local historians and illustrated with archive images and film footage - and featuring relevant quotes read out by actors. Everyone from local people to Bennett enthusiasts around the world can now follow in "the footsteps of Arnold Bennett" and become acquainted with the actual places he was referring to in his writing. To register for the event: contact Ray Johnson on ray.johnson@filmarchive.org.uk