Saturday, June 15, 2024

English Heritage Does Quarter Proud!

The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter’ – An Architectural Survey of the Manufactories’ by John Cattell, Sheila Ely and Barry Jones has just been published.

HRH The Prince of Wales wrote the Foreword and the book is already getting ‘rave revues’ from the media.

The book features the most detailed research of the Quarter to date and anyone who has worked (and lived) in the Quarter in the past cannot help but enjoy reading the book. The photographs are surperb and some old pictures, sketches and maps have never been published previously. The Jewellery Quarter can feel justifiably proud to be a part of the history, and future, of the business community.

There is also one future perhaps ‘hidden’ asset that this book will provide to the Quarter – whenever ‘Regeneration’ projects are foisted on The Jewellery Quarter, first of all efforts have been needed to prove that we are important from not only a conservation aspect but also our world-wide reputation as a manufacturing area which still employs both skilled and semi-skilled workers.

This book can be used as proof of not only who we were but also who we are today. In other words, the book can be used as a ‘defence mechanism’ whenever future new redevelopment and regeneration schemes suddenly appear on the horizon, threatening the future survival of The Jewellery Quarter – if they still won’t listen then the book can always be dropped on their foot (when you see the size of the book you will understand!)

It may seem a little expensive at £40 but the book would make a wonderful Christmas present especially for someone who has lived and worked in The Jewellery Quarter.

Also, on sale at York House is the smaller, earlier version ‘The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter – An introduction and guide by English Heritage. The price of this publication is £7.50. Purchase here


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Shame The Birmingham Jewellery Quarter’ – An Architectural Survey of the Manufactories’ is not available from the English Heritage shop on their web site.

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