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Published October 7th 2020
New group aims to 'champion' town's medieval history
A new heritage group is being set up in the Staffordshire market town of Tamworth to help protect and promote the area's prized history. The Heritage Project Group is being created to help safeguard Tamworth's rich heritage and historic environment and assets. The cross-party working group from Tamworth Borough Council will 'champion' and shape the future offer of heritage within Tamworth. The project aims to protect, conserve and potentially enhance Tamworth's historic offering, by addressing the issues of future funding now. The group will be led by the council's Heritage Champion, Councillor Paul Brindley, while members will include the Portfolio Holder for Heritage and Growth, Councillor Jeremy Oates, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Daniel Cook, and Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Dr Simon Peaple.
Medieval Tamworth Castle set in its picturesque grounds
Tamworth's natural and cultural heritage is regarded as fundamental to its unique character and town offering, for both residents and visitors alike. The town's history dates back to Anglo Saxon times and is dominated by medieval Tamworth Castle and the role of King Alfred's daughter in defeating the Vikings in what was then called Mercia. Councillor Oates said: "Tamworth history and heritage is our story and this must be preserved, shared and promoted at every opportunity. In order to protect and promote our heritage, it is essential that the council look at effective economical operational business models and options. We must protect Tamworth's heritage for future generations and ensure they are open and available to both visitors and local residents while securing the future safety and accessibility of the heritage whether its assets, the collection or archives."
Councillor Peaple added: "The aim of this group is to find a long term solution to providing the necessary funding and stability that will preserve Tamworth's heritage, in which so many of us take real pride. As a historian, and Secretary of the Friends of Tamworth Castle, as well as Leader of the Opposition, I look forward to working with the other councillors to find a financially viable way forward that enables Tamworth to preserve its heritage whilst maintaining accountability to local residents."