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The first meeting of the summer programme

A Walking Tour of Industrial Coventry lead by Prof Eleanor Nesbit of Warwick University Monday, May 9. Meet at the Godiva statue, Broadgate at 7pm approximately 90 mins in duration with some steps Ending at the Flying Standard in Broadgate Visitors £2

May 2016 Guest speaker at our A ual Ge eral Meei g as Ia Har e , E e ui e Dire tor of Ci i Voi e. At the e d of a address that ra ged o er the histor a d ork of the i i o e e t he halle ged us i Co e tr to o e up ith so ethi g spe ial to o e orate our th a i ersar i . Ia re ou ted ho Ci i Voi e a e i to ei g follo i g the ollapse of the Ci i Trust i . As a Co-ordi ator for the Ci i Trust he felt that a rather difere t orga isaio as eeded a d ith the help of for er MP for South Tha et, Laura Sa d s daughter of Du a Sa d s ho i trodu ed the Ci i A e iies A t , set a out for i g Ci i Voi e. He ate ded eei gs all o er the ou tr so e o sisi g of o l four people, others up to . He had fou d the respo ses al a s posii e. I the si ears si e the orga isaio as lau hed it had gro to o er , e ers et Ci i Voi e itself had o l si per a e t staf. So e of the i i so ieies ere s all ut others had up to e ers hargi g fro p to £ per ear for e ership. ‘eferri g perso all to us i Co e tr Ia tha ked the Co e tr So iet for steppi g for ard to e the irst i i so iet to joi the e orga isaio . T o of C.V s staf ere fro Co e tr , a d Ci i Voi e had held its AGM here i . He e io ed ho our So iet is o leadi g i the o pleio of a sur e of First World War Me orials. He outli ed the histor of i i e dea our egi i g ith the Executive Director, Ian Harvey ‘o hdale pri iples i , the World s irst i i so iet fou ded i Sid Vale i leadi g up to the Ci i A e iies A t of . The ear ould see the th a i ersar of that a t a d ould see the th a i ersar of the Co e tr So iet hopefull follo ed a su essful id for Cit of Culture i . Ia looked at the pri ar o er s of i i so ieies, % of the i ol ed i the pla i g s ste a d e gagi g the pu li i i i afairs. The ariet of so ieies as o sidera le oth i operaio a d a i iies. He said ho i porta t it is to i terest a d e thuse the Former MP, Laura Sandys ou ger ge eraio a d re og ised that ou g people ha e to e e gaged or the o e e t ould die as it had a agei g e ership. Ma so ieies fou d dii ult re ruii g e oi ers, as did Co e tr , a d this ote led to d i dli g e ership, la k of dire io a d dii ult i i di g olu teers to e o e i ol ed i a i iies. The egai e per epio s of i i so ieies ere that the did ot prese t a high e ough proile, the ere i ies or iddle- lass do-gooders. Posii el the ere o sidered to e ell i te io ed, o ited a d ari g. Ia elie ed that so ieies ere eter orki g together. The ould share ideas/ suggesio s, de elop a d take the for ard. Ideas for a paig s had arise fro suggesio s fro so ieies. The War Me orials proje t had ee a suggesio of the Tod orde So iet at the AGM. This had led to a eei g ith the Pri e Mi ister hi h i tur had led to a gra t of £ for the proje t. A other suggesio had arise fro re arks ade Chris Patri k, Co e tr s Co ser aio Oi er at our So iet s Fe ruar eei g; aki g the ase for the histori e iro e t. To ark the th a i ersar of the Ci i A e iies A t, the a paig ould e M o ser aio area aters. I losi g e ere halle ged to thi k a out hat Co e tr So iet ill do for its th a i ersar ? Perhaps a ear of i i pride or a ear of heritage.

A ie of L hgate Cotages a d the Old Blue oat S hool fro upstairs at the Prior Visitor Ce tre. We o i ue to support the Coventry Observer’s a paig to see this i porta t fa ilit re-ope ed.

Me er Bria ‘edk ap s great o tri uio to the it s post- ar i frastru ture as re alled the Chair a efore the start of this ear s oi ial usi ess. A a ou t of his life is pu lished o erleaf. O e agai a four-page report had ee prepared outli i g the ork of the So iet o er the last ear. Oi ers re-ele ted ere: Keith Draper Chair a Paul Maddo ks Vi e-Chair a Coli Walker Vi e-Chair a a d Treasurer Stuart Da iel Se retar Me ers of o itee: Joh Pa e, Ja e Lo g, Les Fa et, Chris Da iel, Terr Ke a d A gus Ka e. Contacts

Postal address: 77 Craven Street, Coventry CV5 8DT Chairman’s tel: 024 7640 2030 Email: info@coventrysociety.org.uk If Twitter is your thing, you can follow us at https://twitter.com/#!/CovSoc We also have our own page on Facebook. You can also follow us there at http://www.facebook.com/CoventrySociety

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Co e t Histo i E i o e t Re o d is ai tai ed Co e t Cit Cou il, a d last August a e Histo i E i o e t Re o d Oi e , G aha Tait, as appoi ted. G aha o i ues the i e o k of the p e ious HER oi e , A a Wilso ho o o ks fo Ci i Voi e , i ai tai i g a d a agi g the e o d. The HER see htp:// . o e t .go .uk/he is a pu li l a essi le data ase that o tai s i fo aio a out a k o a haeologi al sites, histo i uildi gs, histo i la ds apes a d i dspots i Co e t , dai g f o the ea liest p ehisto i i es to the st e tu . It o tai s li ks to a haeologi al a d histo i uildi g epo ts, a d o ple e ts the o k u de take the Histo Ce t e i The He e t Museu hi h a hi es a huge a ge of o igi al do u e ts . G aha o ks losel ith Ch is Pat i k Co se aio a d A haeolog Oi e to e su e the i fo aio i the HER is used i the pla i g p o ess; aki g su e that a haeologi al sites a d histo i uildi gs a e app op iatel o side ed. Whilst the HER is p i a il used ithi the pla i g s ste , it is also a i po ta t pu li esou e. Ma e o ds a e a aila le to ie o the He itage Gate a e site htp:// .he itagegate a .o g.uk/ hi h also sho s data f o HERs a oss the ou t . E ui e s a also o ta t G aha di e tl . Aside f o epl i g to e ui ies a d e su i g that the HER is kept up-to-date ith e i fo aio , G aha is o ki g to see that the i fo aio o tai ed ithi the HER pa i ula l a haeologi al epo ts a d i fo aio a out histo i la ds apes a e o e a essi le o li e. He is also o ki g o the p oposed Ea lsdo Co se aio A ea App aisal the Cit Cou il ill e i ol i g the Co e t So iet i this p o ess – at h this spa e fo o e details . G aha has a ea s of e pe ie e i a haeolog , he itage a d HERs. Ate a ious a haeologi al ield o k i Southa pto , Lo do , Wesse a d I ela d, the o plei g a Maste s at Southa pto U i e sit , he o ked fo Glou este shi e Cou t Cou il u de taki g p oje t o k, a d the as HER Oi e fo De o fo the last ea s. G aha is e jo i g o ki g i Co e t - so e he e o pletel dife e t, ith su h a fas i ai g a d e i hi g he itage. Fo o e i fo aio a out the HER, a d o ta t details, see the Co e t HER e site at htp:// . o e t .go .uk/he .

You o itee o i ues to p ess Mo is Ho es to o e e the esto aio of this Vi to ia a sio . We u de sta d that s afoldi g ill e e e ted e soo .

Despite ad a i g ea s B ia Redk ap egula l ate ded the So iet ’s o thl eei g u il fai l e e tl . Sadl e o lea of his death at the age of . B ia , ho as head of e gi ee i g i the Cou il u il he ei ed i , sta ted his a ee as a pupil to the it e gi ee i O fo d. He also o ked i Lei este a d B istol efo e etu i g to Co e t he e he eall ade his a k as Cit E gi ee p epa i g the e gi ee i g desig fo the it 's i g oad. He as also losel i ol ed i the upg adi g of ou se age s ste a d the apid e-de elop e t of post- a Co e t f o . So ei e ago he e alled ho o sultaio s e e held ith i il e gi ee s i A e i a a d Eu ope o e the idea of a "defe si e i g oad" aki g it easie fo oto ists to go ou d the it tha th ough it. He o side ed it to e su h a ight spa e that the Cou il eall did 't k o hethe it as goi g to o k. I the e e t, late studies i the s sho ed that Co e t 's t o a d a ua te iles of i g oad as a e safe tho oughfa e. Although so e oto ists f o outside the it a ot like it, B ia al a s ai tai ed that o e the ea s it has sa ed a g eat a li es. The hole £ . illio p oje t took ea s to o plete ith the i st stage - f o the ail a staio to Hol head Road - i ished i . T el e ea s ould pass efo e the p oje t as o plete a d the hole i g as ope ed. He as e t e el p oud of the o k he had do e fo the it a d his lo e fo e gi ee i g as sho th ough all his ha d o k. He did sa that he o e ed ost of the She ou e Ri e ut thought the u e t idea of ’da lighi g’ so e of its ou se as a g eat idea. Outside his p ofessio al a ee he as a g eat alke a hie i g the peaks i S o do ia. He also a the Lo do a atho i iddle age. B ia e e passed e a s fo the a ht aste s e ii ate a d skippe ed a oat to Holla d to see his othe -i -la . His tale ts e e st et hed to ii g a ook a out the histo of e gi ee i g of Co e t B ia ade i te esi g o t i uio s to ou eei gs a d o e told us a out Walte Rit hie's fa ous t o o ks of a t i the it p e i t. Ho a it ou il e plo ed pai te took it o hi self to pai t i pa ts of the statu e ith a eddish olou . He had to all a eei g ith the a ist a d the e plo ee to e plai his a io s? The o ks su i e a d o g a e the outside all of the He e t A t Galle a d Museu o plete ith the eddish pai t. B ia ill e so el issed f ie ds a d fa il . His fu e al takes pla e o F ida , Ma at Ca le C e ato iu at . p .

Coventry Society Newsletter May 2016  

The May 2016 edition of the Coventry Society (UK) monthly newsletter.

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