Voices From the Past – Edward James Grenfell

Voices from the Past

Voices from the past is a community heritage project that will enable the community to engage with the industrial, social, and cultural heritage relating to Sandfields pumping station and the story of clean water. The project will build upon improving and enhancing community access to Sandfields Pumping Station and its unique archive. It will provide and create volunteering and learning opportunity’s by undertaking a one-year research study of the workers and staff shown in in photographs taken from the historic archive of South Staffs Waterworks dated 1893, 1937 and 1974.

Aims and Objectives.

Voices from the past has four key aims that underpin the work of the trust:

  • To bring the heritage of Sandfields Pumping Station out into the community
  • To enable both individuals and groups from the community to work together and lean about social, family, and oral history to gain a greater understanding of the social change relating to the story of clean water.
  • To increase access and learning about history and heritage outside the academic constraints that the formal educational establishment normally offer and to be accessible to all.
  • To increase training and volunteering opportunities in local heritage skills.

The project will build of work already completed:

The Heritage group are currently researching an engineer who worked at Sandfields in the late 1800s, Edward James Grenfell, (bottom row, forth from the right).  He was a founder of the first Lichfield Operatic Society.  We would love to know what type of performances they put on  starting in 1896 through to the early 1900s?  Does anyone have any programmes, song sheets or tickets from the early performances we could copy?  Any information would help with building the picture of the life of Edward James Grenfell and the Lichfield Operatic Society.

If you can help, or would be interested in joining this project, please get in touch.  

About Morturn

Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker Retired construction professional with a passion for public, social and industrial history. I believe in equality, dignity and integrity for all. Don’t like people who try to belittle the ambitions of others. I am of the opinion that my now life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
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2 Responses to Voices From the Past – Edward James Grenfell

  1. David a Shaw Cracknell says:

    Hi have posted to the Facebook page, having had help from friends in Cornwall to locate his grave. Tonight I paid a quick visit and can confirm his grave is in St Agnes cemetery and in very good condition. Photos on FB and can be of further help if you wish. I will try to make other enquiries once local records open up after Cpvid

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