Our hidden heritage – and how to save it


Sandfields Pumping Station yesterday – a great historic building with immense history and social significance – not just to Lichfield, but to the Black Country. Currently held in limbo.
Lichfield Discovered and local historian Dave Moore are fighting to save this valuable asset for the community.

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch with a last minute tipoff of a free talk tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday, 21st May 2014) at The Museum of Cannock Chase at 3:00pm.  The talk is entitled ‘Saving the Black Country’s Hidden Heritage’, and is sure to be fascinating.

Dave is, of course, one of the leading lights of Lichfield Discovered, along with Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez from Lichfield Lore.

It’s great to see people like Dave encourage a better attitude to our historic buildings, rather than that which we seem to have here in Walsall, where we regard heritage architecture as merely ‘fuel’.

Dave had this to say:

Public Historian David Moore will be at The Museum of Cannock Chase on Wednesday 21 May 2014 at 3:00pm onward to talk about the hidden industrial heritage of the Black County and how it supported the growth of the area and the industrial revolution.

In the mid 19th century, the industrial revolution was at it’s peak when the deadly cholera struck, wiping out almost 20% of the population.

It was an organised waterworks system that saved peoples lives, and gave relief to the beleaguered communities.

The waterworks at Sandfields is one of the Black Country’s hidden gems, and is at risk of permanent loss.

Museum of Cannock Chase
Valley Road
WS12 1TD

Telephone: 01543 877666

Please do attend, it’s sure to be enlightening, educational and entertaining.

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