Can you think of any Victorian or Edwardian buildings in the Birmingham area which may be at risk?
The Victorian Society is about to launch its annual appeal to find the nation’s most endangered historic buildings. Endangered can mean there are plans to demolish, or years of neglect are causing the building to be in danger, or even a potentially damaging building in the nearby vicinity. The Victorian Society will use your nominations to understand the problems faced by our historic buildings. Ten buildings will be chosen for a ‘flurry of publicity’.
‘People expect us to be obsessed with the past, but the reality is we are obsessed with the future. We want to ensure that the best examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture are still there for future generations to enjoy’, said Dr Ian Dungavell, Director of the Victorian Society. ‘To do this we need to know what is most at risk; so if you know of a vulnerable Victorian school building, or an empty pub, a disused swimming pool or a crumbling chapel, we want to hear about it.’
A little extra information: Buildings don’t have to be listed to be nominated but they should be at risk, perhaps of demolition, from insensitive development or simply neglect. They need to have been built between 1837 and 1914.