First of all, thanks for showing an interest in the Lichfield Discovered group. I hope that those of you who came along to the talk on the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust a couple of weeks ago enjoyed it. Thanks for all of the generous donations – about £100 was raised for the trust and the Heritage Centre. We’re hoping to arrange a walk along the Heritage Towpath Trail with some of the trust members in the Summer, will let you know details when finalised.
Our next meeting is on February 10th at 7pm in the Heritage Centre. We’re going to be discussing Lichfield’s At Risk Heritage including (but not limited to!) the Angel Croft, Sandfields Pumping Station, Davidson House, The Friary (Record Office and Library) and the Bridgemans buildings and associated works on Quonians Lane. We’ll be exploring their history, taking a look at their present state and discussing how we can help to preserve our heritage for the future. As part of this we will be having a Q&A session with a local urban explorer whose aim is to ‘photograph and record buildings and places that will soon be lost to us forever’.
If anyone has any photographs, objects, stories or memories relevant to this, please let us know, or bring them along to share on the night.
We’ll be sending out updates via email, but we are also on Facebook and Twitter (@lichdiscovered), so please do follow us and join in with your thoughts, ideas and opinions.
Finally for now, a reminder that the consultation on proposals to centralise the Staffordshire Archive Service, which could involve the closure the Lichfield Record Office along with the William Salt Library, is open until 31st January 2014. You can find the information, along with an online form which you can use to put forward your views and your suggestions regarding this here – http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/leisure/archives/County-Archives-Consultation.aspx.
Until next time,
The Lichfield Discovered Group