Library joins heritage trailA COVENTRY building which has been open for only a year is being lined up with older city landmarks in a heritage trail.00:00, 24 AUG 2001Updated21:33, 26 APR 2013The 20million Coventry University Lanchester Library, which towers above the ring road, is the youngest of a dozen sites which will be open to the public for two days next month.Organisers Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions have selected 12 venues within walking distance of the city centre for the free event on September 8 and September 9.The library features in the city centre trail alongside older buildings including Holy Trinity Church, Whitefriars monastery and the cathedral ruins. St Mary’s Guildhall, which next Thursday hosts the Civic Trust launch of the country’s heritage open days, is also on the list.Hilary Hopker, from Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions, said: “Heritage doesn’t just mean old, it can mean something you are about to inherit.”We are opening the Lanchester Library because it is a building of the future.”It works on old Roman principles of ventilation, so it demonstrates how architecture of the past influences architecture of the future.”Whitefriars, off London Road, was the building most people wanted to see in a survey at last year’s heritage open days.Other sites in the programme are: Charterhouse; the Ellen Terry Building better known as the old Odeon Cinema, in Jordan Well; the tourism centre’s mediaeval cellar; the Council House including the Lord Mayor’s suite, and the Museum of British Road Transport.An entertainment programme has been put together and includes events at Priory Gardens and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.Most buildings are open from 11am to 5pm on both days. Leaflets giving full details of the event are available from the tourism centre, in Bayley Lane..
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