It has just been announced that the new school planned for the area will be named after the discoverer of “mauveine”, Sir William Perkin, who began producing the dye at a factory in Greenford in 1857. A good choice of name and a far more impressive memorial than this blue plaque on the wall of the building now on the site of Perkin’s factory. I doubt if many people even know that it’s there, or get close enough to see what it says.
We still don’t have much time for our industrial heritage, even though so much of our current society and prosperity is built on the efforts of those early pioneers. Perhaps this is a chance to turn the tide of opinion, to remember and be inspired by those who got their hands dirty at the same time as using their minds. The consultation process can be tracked here.
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