26/04/2017 by The Mug Factory 0 Comments
Staffordshire bull terrier heritage centre wednesbury
This blog is to raise awareness for a local charity Staffordshire bull terrier heritage centre
It was in 1985 that the idea of setting up a permanent Staffordshire Bull Terrier museum in the Heart of the Black Country was discussed but did not materialise.
When Robert Evans was elected to the Council in 1996, he decided to pick up the idea. A group was formed and Robert took the role of Secretary and over the subsequent years, a number of temporary exhibitions were staged with the Group finally achieving Charity Status in 2005.
The Group acquired premises from the local Council to open a Centre in the Old Post Office in Wednesbury in March 2009 which became the first Centre in Britain dedicated to the Breed.
Unfortunately in 2014 the Group were informed the building was needed for other activities so the Centre closed and the artefacts put into storage.
In 2015 Sandwell Council offered the group a 25 year lease for premises in Albert Street, Wednesbury and after extensive renovation work by volunteer’s, the new Centre officially opened on 20th February 2016.
The museum is dedicated to promoting and championing the history of the Black Country’s favourite breed and includes a detailed insight into the breed and its origins. The exhibition will display old photographs, paintings, posters, documents, videos and Stafford memorabilia donated by Stafford enthusiasts and Clubs.
So don’t forget, if you want to learn more about our wonderful Breed you are more than welcome to come along.
The Centre is open every 2nd and 4th Saturday in the month from 11.00am till 3.00pm and arrangements can be made for groups to visit the centre outside these hours by appointment.
THE STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER HERITAGE CENTRE
Albert Street, Wednesbury, West Midlands WS10,7EW
Charity Number 1110633
The Cradley Heath Club was formed at the ‘Old Cross Guns’ (above) where the hosts were Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Lil Mallen. I know that Joe claimed that while his wife was the licensee, he himself was just a customer. The purpose of the move was to be able to apply to the Kennel Club for “Staffordshire Bull Terriers to be recognised and accepted as a seperate breed under Kennel Club Rules.”
During 1933, Staffordshire Bull Terriers were mentioned in ‘Our Dogs’ after an article in John Bull about the miners’ fighting dogs. A letter appeared in that journal about these dogs that had no written pedigree. It was late in 1934 that a real move was made when a letter appeared in ‘Our Dogs’ from Stewart Poole of Tipton, who asked for anyone interested in the formation of a club for Staffordshire Bull Terriers to contact him. I did this but unfortunately, he received only nine replies so it was decided to wait a while and use ‘Our Dogs’ to emphasise the betterings about this wonderful breed that had taken a lot of stick owing to bad publicity of the dog-fighting days.
This is the new home for the Heritage centre we have to do a lot of renovations before we can open.So we have been asked to do a list of the renovations needed to be done at the new Staffordshire bull terrier heritage centre to get us up and running. If you can help with any of our jobs please let me Know.If you would like to make a donation you can via paypal. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr…}Fully check roof and make good any damage.Clad under the soffits.
unblock and replace any damaged guttering.
Main front doors need replacing.
Electrics to be fully tested throughout the building.
Security systems and firealarm to be fully tested.
Side pathways are overgrown and need clearing.
Ceiling in a few rooms need patching and plastering.
Various patching throughout the building.
Carpets and flooring need replacing.
Some windows need reglazing.
Cupboards and a sink for the kitchen.
Toilet to be made good.
Painting and decorating throughout.
Rubbing down and painting to the external of the building.