Beacon Park Finds

Ruth Piddington with some of the finds

Ruth Piddington with some of the finds

Everyone’s invited to discover what archaeological finds the team behind Beacon Park’s 2010 to 2011 refurbishment unearthed.

From coins, buttons and pottery fragments to musket balls and strangely shaped bottles, plenty of treasures were found when Beacon Park underwent a restoration as part of Lichfield Historic Parks project.

Now the team at Beacon Park is showing off the artefacts at a special drop-in event at Lichfield Library on Thursday 28 September.

Running between 2pm and 4pm, the Beacon Park Finds event offers locals the chance to take a look at the discoveries up close, and to have a go at using the library’s resources to research the items.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “This event is perfect for anyone with an interest in local history. We know Beacon Park has a fascinating past, and these artefacts all tell a story. This is the first time the items have been on display to the public, offering the chance to see and handle the pieces and to start unravelling the stories behind them.”

The drop-in event is free, donations for refreshments welcome.

About Lichfield Historic Parks project

From 2010 to 2011, work took place to restore three of Lichfield’s historic parks, including Beacon Park, The Garden of Remembrance and Minster Pool and Walk.

It was a partnership project between Lichfield District Council and Lichfield City Council.

The £4 million project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s and the Big Lottery Fund’s Parks for People programme.

Beacon Park’s restoration included a new café and bistro, an extension to the Swinfen Broun Pavilion, a new junior play area and an extension to the existing play area. It also included restoring the pool, creating a new Community Garden, restoring Martyrs’ Plaque, fountain and statues, and more.