On 6th September 2012 Jewellery Quarter Heritage was officially launched at the Vertu Bar in Frederick Street in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.
Birmingham’s Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Len Gregory and his wife Gill attended and in his opening speech he stressed how important it was to conserve the many listed buildings whilst bringing the derelict buildings back into use and, of course, encouraging job creation to sustain the inherent skills which continue to make the area famous.
He said they had both visited the Jewellery Quarter many times over the past few years but had not as yet been able to view the Kathleen Dayus sculpture in Dayus Square. The owner of a vintage open top Mercedes (Simon Bland of St Paul’s Gallery) offered to chauffer them and, accompanied by Marie Haddleton (Jewellery Quarter Heritage) they drove off in style.
Attendees at the launch included: Dave Keay, Ken Schofield, Anna Gibson (JQ Creative Marketing), Ross Bellamy (BCS), Brian Flint (Pearson Rowe Solicitors), A Hickman & A Taylor (Else Solicitors) Colin Gilles, R Stanyard & N Evans (Pen Room), A Steward (Dorcas Acton), Sally Hoban (Birmingham Assay Office), Richard Hudson (Conservation Architect), Natalie Osborne (RBSA Gallery), Andy Munro (JQDT), Greg Fattorini, Nicola Ridler (Big Peg), E Siddall Jones, J Slogan (A E Harris), John Kingwell (Resident with conservation interest), A S Bharj (Master Design Studio).
There were many ’apologies’ from people who were unable to attend the official launch but who have pledged their support for Jewellery Quarter Heritage. Professor Carl Chinn, MBE, PhD, FRSA, FBirmSoc, Social Historian, who is the Patron of Jewellery Quarter Heritage was unable to be present but Marie read out his statement: “Jewellery Quarter Heritage is a vital initiative to ensure that the historic and manufacturing integrity of this world-famous district is respected in a sensitive, dynamic and sustainable way that engages responsibly with the present and future needs of the area.”
Marie and Mark Haddleton have worked in the Jewellery Quarter for over thirty years, Marie being born in the Quarter in 1929 and she served on the Conservation and Advisory Committee for many years and was recognised by them to be ‘the expert on the Jewellery Quarter’.
They have also published ‘The Jewellery Quarter History & Guide (Nos 1 & 2) and The Hockley Flyer, the local magazine, which has been in existence for nearly 30 years. Marie founded the Jewellery Quarter Association Ltd 23 years ago until her resignation as Hon. President/Hon Secretary this year. Mark was a Director and Treasurer until his resignation.
There are many schemes on the JQH agenda and, judging by the reception so far, there are busy times ahead.