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The Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station are now firmly established

I have arranged a meeting on Friday 25 October 2013 @ 7:30pm. This meeting is to formalise things, develop a committee, vote for the appointment of officers, develop a structure and on going strategy. The meeting will take place at; … Continue reading

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The Phoenix – A Magnificent Bird Arising from the Ashes of it Former Self

Last night, both my brother and I set out ten chairs in the meeting room of Darwin Hall, Lichfield. As we did this, I had a heart to heart discussion with him saying that if five or fewer people attended, … Continue reading

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I have arranged a meeting on Friday 27 September 2013 @ 7:30pm so we can discuss how we can together save this magnificent building and Cornish beam engine for the benefit of the wider community. The meeting will take place … Continue reading

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Ian Henery, Walsall’s own Poet Laureate

The waterworks at Sandfields has preserved the integrity of men and places, it has nurtured advance minds and has sheltered the very ordinary people of the Back Country who drove our industrial revolution. Much of its distinctive life and tradition … Continue reading

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Heritage Crime

Heritage crime is defined as ‘any offence which harms the value of England’s heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations.’ This is an interesting concept so was wondering how and if this piece of legislation could be … Continue reading

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Lichfield’s Annual Town Meeting

Some really important news; Lichfield’s Annual Town meeting is an event open to residents of Lichfield City, and is an opportunity to ask the Council and its Members questions about issues that are of concern. The meeting will be held … Continue reading

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The Newcomen Society, Birmingham

The Newcomen Society runs a series of winter lectures at 7pm on the first Wednesday of each month commencing 2 October at the lecture theatre in Thinktank. On the 4 December I will be delivering a talk about Sandfields Pumping … Continue reading

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Ordinary people can tell remarkable stories

I maintain the fact that he Victorian Waterworks at Sandfields is possibly on of the most overlooked yet important pieces of social and industrial history that Lichfield has. Unfortunately as an object of heritage it has not crossed the boundary … Continue reading

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Clay Mills Victorian Pumping Station

A short video I put together today showing Clay Mills Pumping Station near Burton on Trent. I think it shows what can be doe with some imagination and a group of people who hold a belief that together we can … Continue reading

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Mr Edward Adams, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and a myth

People build a sense of themselves, and of their place in the world, through the construction of narratives and the passing on of stories attached to pictures, artefacts and rituals. I have been working on this redundant waterworks for over … Continue reading

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