Between 2009 and 2017, Barr Beacon was the focus for the ‘Raising The Barr’ project. Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of over £440,000, Walsall’s landmark war memorial and other heritage features benefitted from a programme of restoration and community involvement.
Run by Walsall Council in partnership with the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country and the site’s owners, the Barr Beacon Trust, the project saw the restoration of a rare design of flagpole, improvements to an historic tree plantation, and the refurbishment and rededication of its unique war memorial.
The grant paid for a Community Liaison Officer who was able to provide more events and activities for visitors, schools and colleges. These included wildlife walks and fun days, a Time Team-style archaeological dig, astronomy events and services of Remembrance.
The project also saw the start Walsall’s annual outdoor music festival Bands On The Beacon. Today this remains one of the major legacies of the project. As you read through these pages you’ll discover many more.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. Since 1994, HLF has supported over 40,000 projects, allocating £7.1billion across the UK.
The Barr Beacon Trust is the charitable organisation which owns Barr Beacon and is responsible for maintaining it as a public open space primarily for recreation and the benefit of the community. The Trust’s responsibilities also extend to looking after the war memorial. Walsall Council manages the site on behalf of the Barr Beacon Trust.