As part of the City of Wolverhampton’s Queen Street Gateway Townscape Heritage Scheme local volunteers have researched the history of several of the street’s properties.
The work carried out so far will be part of a new exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in May which tells the story of Queen Street through the years. In 2017, City of Wolverhampton Council secured Heritage Lottery Funding to support the Queen Street Gateway Townscape Heritage Scheme, which looks to provide grant assistance towards the cost of external repairs and enhancements to buildings of historic interest in the street.
Volunteers and City of Wolverhampton Council employees have used a range of sources, including documents, maps and photographs, to highlight areas of continuity and change.
Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, said:
Queen Street is such an iconic street in Wolverhampton and is an important part of the city’s history. By working with volunteers, historians and the businesses previously located and currently located on Queens Street we will look to restore the buildings to their former glory.”
Ron Macklin, New York based artist, became involved in the exhibition through the Urban Sketchers Group. Ron said:
I really love the Queen Street project and was happy to participate in this sketching event. The architecture is truly beautiful even though many of the first-floor commercial stores have masked that beauty. All one needs to do is look up and you can see the beautiful, intricate and graceful details. Clearly the original Queen Street owners, architects and builders had a strong pride of place.”
The exhibition also includes a selection of art pieces produced by various local community groups that shine a light on this important thoroughfare. The exhibition is located on the first floor of the Lichfield Street art gallery and opens with a special launch event on May 26.
Visitors will be able to meet the curators and volunteers who have worked on the project and share Queen Street stories.
It runs until Wednesday, July 4 and admission is free.
The gallery opening times are Monday to Saturday (10.30am–4.30pm) and Sunday (11am–4pm).
More information on the Queen Street Gateway Townscape Heritage Scheme can be found at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/queenstreet.
Image caption: A 19th century illustration of Wolverhampton’s Queen Street
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