A heritage group is set to host an art project celebrating the legacy of a renowned Bromsgrove family.

The Bromsgrove Society is working with Laura Brodrick from Think Big Picture to deliver an art and heritage project on the history of the Sanders family and the Button Factory.

Residents are being encouraged to take part in the community project where a piece of mosaic-style art will be created during free workshops.

The finished artwork will form the top of a coffee table which will be housed at Bromsgrove Library with the base being constructed by Bromsgrove Men in Sheds from Age UK.  

Leader of the project, Pat Tansell, said: “During the project, we also hope to collect memories from people with family associations with the Button Factory as well as the later badge factory, including anyone who put the pins in as an outworker on the piece of work.

“Anyone with memories to contribute can send them by email to info@bsoc.co.uk or talk to us at the workshops.”

Benjamin Sanders moved his button manufactory from Birmingham to the rear of Bromsgrove High Street in 1821 before relocating it five years later to the former Sidemoor Mill where Button Drive is today off Willow Road.

Mr Sanders patented a new method of attaching the shank to cloth-covered buttons, which brought the family great wealth, but in 1915 there was a serious fire in the factory forcing a complete renovation before fully re-opening.  

The workshops to celebrate the family legacy will be held in Bromsgrove Library on Friday, October 27 between 10am and 11.30am.

There will be another session held during the Creative Art Showcase at Bromsgrove School on Saturday, October 28 between 1pm and 3pm.

All materials will be provided with the project being funded by the Cultural Compact for North East Worcestershire and Bromsgrove District Council.