THE LONG-AWAITED GREAT BARR HALL PLANNING APPLICATION
BE WELL INFORMED - UPDATE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THIS ICONIC BUILDING
Access recent documentation HERE including a 6-page leaflet detailing the half-truths and misinformation being circulated about this planning application.
I have written extensively on the Scott family over the years: the connections to the Bronté family; the near-loss of the complete estate when a forged will was presented; the very significant contribution of Sir Francis Edward Scott towards Birmingham's emerging social institutions; the tragic life of his wife, Lady Muriel Anne Scott; the astonishing social life of the family. All very entertaining stuff but the Lunar Society period is considerably more important to our regional history. If fully exploited, for educational purposes and commercial advantage it can elevate this building to its rightful place as a beacon in the highly-important eighteenth-century Enlightenment landscape of the West Midlands.
Others have begun to recognise this important link with the Lunar Society. Professor Tony Seaton is currently working on a full biography of Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, the eldest daughter of Samuel Galton Jnr and a considerable writer of the Jane Austen era. The only eye-witness acounts of any Lunar Society meetings (they met at each others residences on a monthly basis) comes from the pen of this woman, who spent here childhood at Great Barr Hall. On another tack, I have recently been approached by Geoff Henderson, Director of the prestigous Digital Native Academy, now based in the Jewellery Quarter. He is very enthusiastic about exploiting my Great Barr Hall material: "There’s a golden thread running from BMAG to Soho House to Soho Manufactory to Great Barr Hall and on down to Black Country Living Museum. I’m sure there are others I’ve missed off what could be a major industrial heritage trail. To me the question is why haven’t the marketing, tourism and industrial heritage professionals done something about it before now? Or am I missing something? The fact that these treasures straddle four local authority boundaries might having something to do with it."
Please read the documents about the Lunar Society era at Great Barr Hall by clicking HERE. You wilI be one of the first to access this primary source material.You can access a considerable amount of earlier website material on Great Barr Hall, including detailed planning documentation on the original Bovis Homes Netherhall site, by entering the "Great Barr Hall" portal above.