TV auctioneer Charles backs bid to give pottery a new life
A LOCAL television celebrity is the latest person to throw his weight behind a bid to save a major part of South Derbyshire's history.
Etwall-based auctioneer Charles Hanson, famed for his appearances on Bargain Hunt and Antiques Roadshow, will help stage an antiques valuation day in Swadlincote in the latest bid to restore the Bretby Art Pottery showroom, which closed more than 20 years ago and became a victim of vandals. Residents with potential hidden treasures gathering dust in their attic can have their possessions appraised by Mr Hanson, of Hanson's Auctioneers.
The event will be held from 1Oam to 2pm on Saturday, August 19, at Swadlincote Town Hall.
There will also be a craft fair.
Those attending will be asked to make a donation to the Bretby Art Pottery showroom project.
It was revealed last year that the pottery building was given a lifeline with a £10,000 National Lottery grant to launch a feasibility study into the appropriate use of the Grade II-listed pottery building, in Swadlincote Road, Woodville. There would also be further community consultation.
The Heritage Trust, which has acquired the building that has stood derelict for 20 years, hopes it could be revamped to help the community and those from further afield to experience and learn many traditional crafts and skills including pottery.
It is hoped this will provide training and employment opportunities for all ages and abilities. There would be links established through education and communities.
The project will allow for the continuation of pottery production on the site and allow for the retention of traditional skills which face the ever-present danger of being wiped out.
The Heritage Trust is a Building Preservation Trust aimed at protecting and conserving the historic environment. It revolves around acquiring historic buildings; obtaining grant funding and raising money in order for historic buildings to be reused and continue to play a role within the community.
The trust's latest project involves obtaining a new use for Bretby Pottery.
Reproduced from an article in the Derby Evening Telegraph 04/06/17
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