The Barr Beacon memorial is one of Walsall’s most recognisable landmarks. It's 20 minutes drive from Birmingham and is located inside Barr Beacon Natural Reserves. This symbol of remembrance for the men and women who gave their lives in WWI is now the focus of a fantastic new project to restore the memorial and other heritage features of Barr Beacon, and to provide a focus for engaging the community. The memorial dates from 1933, and is made of Portland stone. The roof used to be made of copper, but due to theft and vandalism, the 'Raising the Barr' project has included restoring the dome with zinc. It looks just the same, only less valuable, and therefore hopefully less tempting to thieves! Inside the memorial is a pedestal which used to house a mounted ‘direction-finder’ or topographic disk. The original 1920 disk was destroyed during the war, and there have been several versions since. The 'Raising the Barr' project will replace this, too.