THE upcoming Wem Heritage Weekend will be a golden opportunity to hear about Wem's centuries old history.

The heritage weekend, hosted by Heritage Wem, will look to explore the history of the town, answering questions on the age of the town and various institution, what Wem looked like 100 years ago and the location of Wem castle.

The Heritage Wem group have laid on a full programme of activities around the town looking at many places that not usually accessible to the public.

The weekend will be begin on Saturday, September 14 at a variety of venues including the chapel and cemetery in Whitchurch Road, the mortuary chapel in Aston Street, and the methodist church.

Experts will be present at these and other venues throughout the weekend.

Also, for people living outside Wem, there will be free car parking at Edinburgh House in New Street.

Other venues include an informative walk and talk down Chapel Street and along High Street, visiting some of the notable buildings that line these historic thoroughfares.

In addition to walking and talking there will be a drop-in centre at the church hall on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with coffee, tea and cake available there as well as in the cafes around the town.

The group will also have a scanner available in the library on Saturday morning, and in the church hall on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for anyone who would like to share their old photographs, documents and property deeds to form the basis of a Wem Heritage archive.

A spokesman for the Heritage Wem Group said: "This will be a golden opportunity to understand the historic development of a Shropshire market town, in just two days."

The heritage weekend will take place on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. Contact for further details.