A NEW charity which hopes to save threatened historical objects is asking for volunteers.
Save Historic Heritage (SHH) aims to preserve objects of historical importance such as plaques and milestones in Huddersfield and beyond.
SHH believes many such objects are accidently scrapped, disappear or become damaged during demolition and construction work.
The charity hopes to work with national heritage organisations such as English Heritage as well as councils, construction and demolition companies.
The charity was founded in April by amateur historian Tony Ragona with help from James Stewart, Ronald Jackson and Doreen Moore.
This followed the disappearance of a war memorial plaque at Newsome Mills in February. With help from Tony the plaque was returned in March.
Indeed the group helped to reinstate a milestone from 1738 opposite the Blacksmith’s Arms in Kirkheaton three months ago after it disappeared.
Now SHH is look for volunteers to research and keep an eye on historical items and for companies to adopt medium to large historical objects.
For instance, Shaw’s Pickles took care of the former gates to Huddersfield Open Market.
Tony hopes people and organisations can volunteer their services and useful equipment – anything from computers to mould making kits – to help the fledgling charity.
He says: “When the plaque went missing at Newsome Mills and when the milestone marker went missing we spoke to the council and managed to get it back.
“We want to work with local scrapyards and stone merchants so if they get something of historical interest they can contact us and we can pay them to get in back and reinstate it.
“A lot of things have gone walkabout possibly because scrap metal has gone up in value. We don’t want to see all this heritage go for a bit of cash.
“It’s about trying to save our history.
“We need people to keep a lookout for things which might disappear – a sort of neighbourhood watch.
“We also hope to carry out historic research on people that have given a lot to the area but have not been commemorated.
“So we’re always looking for volunteers, premises or any equipment, even someone who can help design us a website. All would be gratefully received.”
If you can help email Tony on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Companies and individuals donating services will receive a SHH certificate to show they have helped the charity.