The next issue of Tortoise magazine is out soon.
I’ve written an article for Chester’s new independent publication about Big Heritage, the not-for-profit organisation installing heritage attractions in historic buildings.
It’s based around an interview with Managing Director Dean Paton, who I met at Sick To Death [pictured above], the attraction about the history of medicine.
Here’s a sneak preview of the story:
“I always loved history and archaeology but, traditionally, it has been seen as a sport for the middle classes,” says Dean.
He is showing me around the Sick to Death exhibits, including a section dedicated to the first recorded incidents of The Plague in Chester in the early 17th century.
By 1603, we learn, 92% of deaths in Chester were due to plague.
“The problem with a lot of heritage attractions,” he adds. “is that there’s no excitement, no love.”
The organisation has also just completed a major project to reopen Western Approaches, the former secret WWII bunker under Liverpool. Dean is now working on a new project in Chester.
Read the full article in Tortoise magazine, available in independent shops, cafes and arts venues around Chester.
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