Professor John Clarke to give talk at Brackley Town Hall Open Day.

On Saturday 14th September at 4pm, Professor John Clarke will be giving a talk on the history of Brackley and the Town Hall.

Brackley Town Hall will be open to the public on Saturday 14th September and Sunday 15th September as part of the Heritage Open Days national initiative. The local community and visitors alike are encouraged to come and explore the Wren-inspired Grade II* Listed building at the heart of Brackley town centre.

There are a number of interesting activities and exhibitions taking place over the weekend. Visitors can discover more about the building’s history with exhibitions by the History Society and Brackley Town Council. Learn more about town’s association with the wool industry and how to spin wool or explore the dusty attic and marvel at the technology of the 130 year old clock by climbing up the tower.

Visitors also have a fantastic opportunity to listen to Professor John Clarke give a talk on the history of Brackley and the Town Hall at 4pm on Saturday 14th September.  John Clarke is currently a Professor at the University of Buckingham having previously spent a number of years at the University of Oxford.  Professor Clarke has published books on George III, England in the Age of Cobbett, British Diplomacy and Foreign Policy as well as others on local history including pieces on Brackley.

All events are free throughout the weekend, but booking is advisable for the talk by Professor John Clarke and the attic tours.

Cllr Peter Rawlinson, Brackley Mayor says: ‘We are delighted that Professor Clarke will be giving a talk on this special building’s history. Professor Clarke has researched and published extensively on Brackley and the talk will provide an interesting insight in to the town’s history.’

If you would like to book for either the talk or an attic tour please contact Linda Carter at Brackley Town Council on 01280 702441 or



For media enquiries and images contact : Linda Carter, 01280 702441,

Notes to Editors:


  • Heritage Open Days is England’s contribution to European Heritage Days, taking place across 50 countries. Other events in the UK are Doors Open Days in Scotland (; Open Doors Days in Wales (; European Heritage Days in Northern Ireland (; Open House London (


  • Heritage Open Days is run locally by a large range of organisations (including civic societies, heritage organisations, and local councils), community champions and thousands of volunteers.


  • On a national level, Heritage Open Days is co-ordinated and promoted by the Heritage Open Days National Partnership with funding by English Heritage. The Partnership brings together Europe’s largest conservation and heritage charity in the form of the National Trust (, the most extensive network of local community based heritage organisations through Civic Voice ( and expertise from the leading coalition of national voluntary heritage organisations in The Heritage Alliance (