Experience Knutsford’s hidden history and the trial of Alan Turing

Heritage Open Days in Knutsford this September

This September, the Knutsford Promenades community association is putting on the annual Knutsford Heritage Open Days festival which is set to be even bigger and better than ever before!

The heritage and culture extravaganza will include more than 50 free-to-attend events across Knutsford and Wilmslow, linked with national Heritage Open Days project.

Last year’s programme involved 32 events which attracted more than 4,000 visitors. This year promises to be even more successful, with the key theme being ‘Alan Turing and Technology’.

This year, the programme revolves around a series of events which will acknowledge the life, work and legacy of the code breaker, computer scientist and ingenious mathematician whose trial took place in Knutsford in 1952.

The former Sessions House (now The Courthouse) will be offering a chance for visitors to experience a fresh interpretation of ‘Regina v Turing and Murray’, 65 years after the event.

The re-enactment will use virtual reality technology and has been specially commissioned.

Other highlights in Knutsford include the ‘Salon’ with fascinating talks by experts and family members about Turing’s work and legacy - including Paul Kellar MBE, Sir Dermot Turing (Alan Turing’s nephew), Jonathan Swinton and Robert ‘Judge’ Rinder.

Robert Rinder will be reading aloud from the actual Quarter Sessions records and there will also be Enigma demonstrations, coding workshops, talks and exhibitions as well as a screening of The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The programme is packed with other linked events, such as ‘Money Markets and Mathematics’, Artificial Intelligence Meets Golf’, ‘Ultrasonic Gin and Tonic’ and ‘The Codes of Mixology’.

As well as this, there will be an exhibition on the history of Cheshire from 79AD from an LGBT perspective and the ‘Turing 2:46’ in honour of Turing’s prowess as a long-distance runner (2 hours 46 minutes being his best marathon time - itself a highly remarkable achievement!)

Turing’s Mechanical Calculator will be on display at Tabley House, and in Wilmslow (the town where Turing spent the last part of his life) the Wilmslow Guild is hosting two talks: ‘The Diversity of Genius: a portrait of Alan Turing’ and ‘The Unexpected Legacy: Alan Turing and the campaign for equality’.

Both are on Saturday 9 September and places can be booked via www.wilmslowguild.org/dayschools or call 01625 523 903.

Knutsford Heritage Open Days takes place Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th September. All events are free to attend, but some require pre-booking.

For full details of the programme, all events and any booking details, visit www.knutsfordpromenades.co.uk 

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