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TRADITIONAL “TOPPING OUT” CEREMONY FOR BROMSGROVE NAILER'S COTTAGE RESCUED BY AVONCROFT MUSEUM

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Date: 16/09/2014

Over 400 people attended an open day and topping out ceremony at Avoncroft Museum. The event honoured Bromsgrove’s industrial heritage and marked a milestone in a reconstruction project that is rescuing and restoring a local resident’s childhood home to its former glory.

The event was held at Avoncroft Museum to coincide with one of English Heritage’s Heritage Open Days and celebrated the first phase of reconstruction of a typical 19th century Bromsgrove nailer’s cottage, the latest addition to the Museum’s collection.

The cottage originally stood at 79 Old Birmingham Road in Bromsgrove and had been altered relatively little over the past eighty years.  It had been earmarked for demolition but was rescued following successful bids coordinated by Avoncroft Museum to secure its rescue and reconstruction.

Amongst the VIP guests at the event was Joyce Rea (formerly Homer), who was born in the house in 1925.  Joyce, now almost 90 years old, shared many of her memories of living in the house with her family during the 1930s and donned a hard hat to look around her childhood home after the ceremony.

Simon Carter, Director of Avoncroft Museum, said: “We are very pleased to add the nailer’s cottage to our collection.  It reflects such a key part of Bromsgrove’s history and we are absolutely thrilled that Joyce was able to be here today to mark the occasion.”

The rebuilding of the nailer’s cottage was made possible through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund “Your Heritage” initiative, the Connie & Albert Taylor Trust and the Edward Cadbury Trust.

Funding of £50,000 is still being sought to complete the next phase of the reconstruction, which will include fitting out the interior of the cottage.  Anybody who is interested in finding out more about the project or making a donation, please contact Rachel Shepherd on: development@avoncroft.org.uk

Photo (attached by email): Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, West Midlands secures the greenery on the highest point of the building

www.avoncroft.org.uk