2018 Conservation Award presented to West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust

Birmingham & West Midlands Group of The Victorian Society present conservation award to West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust for chapel restoration.

The Birmingham & West Midlands Group of the Victorian Society presented their annual conservation award to the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust on Wednesday 8thMay. The award was given in recognition of the Trust’s exemplary sympathetic restoration of the former Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapel in Stourbridge into what is now the Thomas Robinson building, a Dudley Council-run registration office for civil ceremonies.

Originally built in 1879, the Grade II-listed gothic chapels have been converted to now house the registration office and wedding venue. The West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust own the buildings and secured money from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its restoration. Locals had become concerned that the dilapidated site had been attracting anti-social behaviour as the Cemetery Chapels had been left to rot for over a decade before the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust intervened to restore them and their transformation into a community space has been an excellent community project to create a well-loved local landmark.

Stephen Hartland, chair of the Birmingham & West Midlands Group of the Victorian Society said: “It is a delight to be able to recognise the merits of the project and to celebrate the saving of one of our heritage assets, important to the local community, the Dudley Borough and to the wider West Midlands.”