Well winter is almost over and Christmas is but a memory we can now look forward to better weather and longer days
Would you believe that the Heritage Hub has now been open a full 12 months (1st of March) when members of the participating groups The Peel Society & TAME First Responders joined our own members in welcoming the Mayor Cllr Ken Norchi for a little celebration.
As explained in the last news letter, when the Hub first opened the Friends of Tamworth Castle & Museum were also involved but they dropped out when they had difficulty finding volunteers. This has left us having to cover an extra day so if you can help you would find it a rewarding experience. Alternatively, can you suggest another group to come in and join us; one proviso is, to comply with our lease, they must be a registered charity. For more info contact either Greg or Margaret on 01827 330669.
The Hub opened with the Trust having a few Hamel Prints, some modern photos of the town, a few copies of Herald Archive Articles and our bust of William MacGregor to show our visitors. Now we have added 5 display cabinets containing many artefacts (either donated or loaned) ; among these are some of over 40 models of old Tamworth town now lost, created with great skill and many hours of dedicated work by Mr Barry Parkes.
These include the three original picture houses, both ends of Middle Entry, and Drayton Manor when it was the Peel Family home – if you look carefully in the conservatory you will spy Sir Robert at his desk. The hall was demolished to help cover family debts and then morphed into the well known Theme Park we see today.
We also have a model of another lost treasure – Tamworth’s beautiful Victorian railway station.
Talking of Drayton Manor we have on display a picture depicting Sir Robert Peel with Queen Victoria and Princess Adelaide in front of the hall, presented to Mr Cyril Cox in recognition of 37 years service (Cyril was most well known as the driver of the Snake Train enjoyed by many before health and safety got involved). These are the highlights of many more picture on display
There are also mining plates presented to the work force as the pits were decommissioned. Along with Gibbs & Canning pots and 2 research books on their products and architectural embellishments
As you may have seen in the Herald, a gentleman researched and catalogued all of Tamworth’s soldiers lost in the First World War and we have a copy of this for anyone to view at the Hub. All entries have details of rank, regiment and place of demise, and many have a short history of the person and his family along with a picture. (Copies of relevant pages can be supplied on request). It has been very moving to witness family members come in to view the book and on at least one occasion they had never seen a picture of their relative. Apart from the hard copy we also have an electronic copy on our computer with pictures of all our war memorials.
A visit to Middleton to view the revamped Peel Museum is well worth your time. Nearer still pop into Tamworth Library to view their display on the 1st floor.
Want to know about the new Defibrillator Units appearing round town? Or learn CPR to save a life? Visit The Hub in Middle Entry and talk to TAME First Responders to arrange a free demo.
Don’t forget to check our A-Board for forthcoming events by other hobby clubs too.
Produced by Greg & edited by Margaret Clarke
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