TCAT students given chance to shape future of iconic building

Published: December 5, 2016

Students from Telford College of Arts and Technology have been invited to play an important role in shaping the future of one of the town’s most iconic buildings.
The Anstice Memorial Hall in Madeley – built in 1868 and once home to the oldest working men’s club in England – was bought by the town council on behalf of the town for ¬£88,000 last year after it ran into financial trouble.
Andy Rose, regeneration officer from Madeley Town Council, visited TCAT to talk to the Student Council about the current plans to modernise the Victorian building and reopen it for the people on the town.
“We would love to see students from TCAT involved in all aspects of the restoration,” Andy told the group.
“This could range from practical work over the next couple of years to the building such as decorating or repairs, or getting directly involved in the planning and design of the refurbished building.
“You might have a suggestion on how to involve other young people in the project who may only had a limited access to heritage before, or design and build something that could go into the Anstice.”
He invited students to send through any ideas, and promised that the Anstice team would give them all their full consideration.
Daniel Blasczyk, Enrichment Facilitator at TCAT, said: “Our work placement co-ordinator Joanne Green contacted Andy to suggest the idea, and I was delighted that he agreed to come in to talk to our students about this project.
“The students had a very constructive debate, with some believing it should be modernised with others believing it should keep its natural feel.
“The possibilities for the students are endless; we could have students displaying artwork in the building, contributing to the interior, and restoring the foundations as part of a work placement.
“Students can also promote the building via social media and support events held there.
“This is an exciting time for TCAT and the people of Madeley, and it’s a great way of the students giving back to the local community.”

Photo: Daniel Blasczyk and Andy Rose with members of TCAT Student Council

TCAT student council meeting