Chedham's Yard - Restoration Village Winner
Fans of BBC2’s first series of Restoration will no doubt have followed Restoration Village. We’re proud to say that three of the sites featured in the programme are projects where PLB has been helping in their restoration plans.
Many congratulations to Chedham’s Yard the overall winner.
in rural Warwickshire is a time-capsule of rural craft skills dating back over the centuries. Bill Chedham was the seventh generation in his family to have provided wheelwright and blacksmith services to the community since the 1800s. When he finished work at the Yard in the 1970s, his workshop, benches and equipment remained untouched for decades. With over 7000 original tools, it is a nationally significant collection of rural life and trade.
PLB provided a conservation statement and options appraisal for Wellesbourne Parish Council who purchased the Yard in 1992, which helped guide their plans for the future development of the site into a crafts centre and workshop for training and tourism opportunities which will benefit the community and keep traditional crafts alive.
For more information: www.chedhamsyard.org
Watts Gallery, Compton
was a worthy runner up. PLB had produced integrated access and audience development plans for the gallery, a national collection of 19th century art and working studio of G F Watts hailed as Britain’s Michelangelo. We worked in conjunction with Hornagold and Hills and architects Purcell Miller Tritton in preparation for the Watts Gallery’s HLF bid.
For more information: www.wattsgallery.org.uk
Another, very different project where PLB was able to help the Trustees and keen bands of volunteers reached the Regional final stage:
The Heugh Battery, Hartlepool
has a history dating back to the mid-18th century. It has undergone many changes in response to national defensive requirements but still retains key buildings from the World War I and II periods of use. The site has tremendous national and community significance, being the location, in December 1914 of a German naval attack. Our conservation statement to guide the plans of the Trustees and extremely active volunteer groups, was described by English Heritage as an “excellent piece of work”.
For more details of the Battery’s events see www.heughbattery.org.uk
29th October 2006
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