Earlier today I was in the newly opened (opened just this morning) M&S café in Dundee.
While I was there noticed a large hoist up at the top of the room, complete with hook, and longitudinal and lateral rail systems for it to run on.
Conversation with a member of staff revealed that this is the hoist used to lower the engine into Scott’s Discovery (preserved in Dundee), and the hoist itself is a totally protected piece of heritage.
You just never know what is around you.
Sad thing is that there is no indication of this in the building.
Seems a bit of an omission; if you are going to preserve something you really ought to tell people why.
I assume you wrote that with a large smile on your face as you tucked into your pie and chips at a motorway cafe. I just wish they would hurry up and finish the Cutty Sark so it can also sail home :-))
As a professional driver of heavy goods vehicles and part time test pilot for real ale I would like to say that I never eat and type at the same time. It's not big, its not clever and the rewards just aren't worth the risk.
There isn't British Heritage. There is English Heritage and Historic Scotland. English Heritage insist on listing building of dubious merit eg Plymouth Civic Centre and then fail to protect some early engineering feats like Drake's leats.
There are many heritage little gems that are hidden away, that are possibly never brought to the public's attention. In the case mentioned in the introduction, you would have thought that M&S would have provided a plaque or something, perhaps more so, if their staff are aware of the importance?.