A survey of shoppers and residents in Brierley Hill has revealed that there is a great affection for the town, but people feel that there is still work to be done to make improvements.
What makes the landscape of the Black Country different? This is the question being taken up by a new network of heritage organisations. distinctly black country aims to strengthen joint working on the common heritage of the area, describe the distinguishing landscape features of the Black Country, and promote greater connection with them.
Wow…some fantastic photographs have been submitted for the competition which closed last Friday. Here are some great views of Brierley Hill. Awesome stuff…well done all!
Brierley Hill Projection low res
Brendan Hawthorne, Black Country poet extraordinaire, was commissioned by English Heritage to work with members of Brierley Hill Civic society to capture their thoughts on the past, present and future of Brierley Hill, as art of the ‘Brierley Hillness’ project.
Here he performs he poem at Artspace in Brierley Hill to an audience of form Round Oak employees.
Thursday 10th March saw a coming together of former Round Oak workers to share memories, listen to poetry and stories and to view the Round Oak exhibition at the Artspace shop in Mill Street Brierley Hill.
Brendan Hawthorne, Black Country poet read inspiring, moving and humorous poetry based around work, life and characters in the Black Country over the last fifty years.
The attendees were the treated to some recorded stories (to be archived for future generations to hear what it was like to work in the area) from ex workers at the large steel making plant.
The Blue Brick, Tandys, The Miners were all well frequented by the steel workers – and beer had been brought in daily to quench the thirst of those working in the dust, grime and heat of the furnances. A queue of lorries would be forever waiting to deliver or pick up steel at the works (see congestion even then!) but ‘…the queue of wives on a Friday waiting to pick up their husbands wages was even longer’.
Nick names were the norm and many friendships were remembered…”…it was like being part of one big family where everyone looked out for each other.” Humour was everywhere and there were tales of mischief amongst the staff. I wonder if the management ever knew about the cricket playing in the company’s laboratory (sorry about the broken door)?
Borough artist Steve Field talked about the proposed Round Oak memorial. His project proposals were warmly received and some suggestions to make it even better – by including reference to the rolling mills – were made.
Thanks to Suzanne Cartwright from English Heritage, Brendan Hawthorne, Steve Field and the workers from Round Oak for a tremendous evening. Thanks too to Tata steel for sponsoring the event.
Tell us what Brierley Hill means to you through sending in your snaps, and be in with the chance of winning one of the great prizes below:
- Professional photography lessons
- A family photo shoot
- Be famous for 5 minutes – your image projected across the best-loved landmarks of Brierley Hill
You might want to send us photographs of your favourite place in Brierley Hill, or maybe a picture of your best friend, or a cherished pet.
Don’t forget to include your name and age, and a short sentance about your photograph!
The deadline to submit your photographs is Friday 25 March 2011.
Winners will be announced on Monday 28 March 2011.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org