ABP’s Port of Lowestoft celebrates maritime history with Heritage Open Days event

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Associated British Ports (ABP) was thrilled to host a special guided tour of the historic Port of Lowestoft as part of Heritage Open Days 2023. The Open Day, which took place on Friday 15 September, allowed participants a unique opportunity to learn more about the UK’s most easterly port explore the Inner and Outer Harbours.

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, offering unique opportunities to explore the country’s heritage site and hidden treasures. ABP’s Port of Lowestoft was proud to participate in this festival, and provided visitors with a rare glimpse into its past, gain insights into its current operations, and get a glimpse into its exciting future plans.

Visitors were treated to a comprehensive tour of the port, covering both the inner and outer harbours, where they learnt about the port’s historical significance and the vital role it has played in supporting the local economy.

The tour concluded in the port office, where various documents were on display, which allowed visitors to trace the port’s journey from the construction of the original Inner Harbour in 1831, through to having built its reputation on fishing and the handling of agricultural produce, and to its current role as a thriving centre for supporting the offshore energy industry.

Tom Duit, Operations Manager at ABP’s Port of Lowestoft said:

“The Heritage Open Days event at ABP's Port of Lowestoft was both a celebration of the port’s history and enduring legacy, and provided an opportunity for the local community to learn more about ABP’s future plans for the port.

"We are immensely proud of the port's role in Lowestoft's heritage, and ABP is committed to supporting the continued growth and development of the port, the town and the region.”