Hi SteveHello all
So after almost exactly 12 months of fundraising and bidding for Heritage lottery money we have progressed a dream into reality. We will of course need to continue with the open days and talks as we still have lots of money as a contribution to the project to ensure success. Lots of work to do and hopefully we will be successful when we apply for the full grant next spring time.
Both Corinne and myself are extremely happy with the progress which has only been made possible with our new army of volunteers.
Hi SteveHello all
The lock up building as shown in the sketch (excellent by the way) is that of the building 1892 built to serve the courts and local policing. It remains the same outside today as it was then. Steelhouse Lane Police station was added in 1933 and joined to the side of the lock Up building with the brick work being distinctively different. If anything has changed it will only be Colleridge passage which Eric has now added the gas lamp making it more accurate with the times.
Thanks for informing us all about the closure of the station ,but i think alot of us was forewarned by the media and the press
yester mail inclusive
with all due respect to you Lyn, how did you get an invite to such a sad day of its closure
when it said only police officiers and there family can only attend and not open to the public
it amazes me how you can get in on these venues and meeting you must have some contacts
any way once again for informing us and we look forewards to your reports and juicy pics
of behind the scenes best wishes Alan, Astonian,,
hello steve....i know first hand just how much yourself and others are still striving towards securing the old locks ups as birminghams new home for the police museum ..you are a genuine supporter of birminghams historical buildings and making good use of them....good luck with the latest lottery application and continued success with your fund raising open days.....ps can i draw your attention to our new year meet up (details on the forum) on 4th of jan...would love to see both yourself and corrinne there again if time permitsHello all
Some of you will be aware that I have been working with my colleague Corinne on relocating the West Midlands police museum from Sparkhill police station to the former Lock - Up facility in Steelhouse Lane. Moving the museum became necessary following the announcement that Sparkhill PS would be sold as part of the estate rationalisation. For the last 2 1/2 years we have been running events at the Lock- Up to raise funds to make the alterations to the building. Yesterday we also submitted our Round 2 National Heritage Lottery application to secure the main part of the funding. We will have to wait until march to find out if we are successful. We have a great opportunity to preserve a historic part of Birmingham in this grade II listed Victorian facility in the heart of Birmingham. In the meantime though, we will carry on fundraising as we still have some way to go and will look to move the collection across from Sparkhill following a successful bid and renovations.
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