Blackened and brooding, the hundreds of grand Victorian and Edwardian textile mills in the Pennines looked like a species in danger of extinction. In 1979 SAVE's exhibition 'Satanic Mills' showed that many local people felt enormous pride in these great buildings. Thanks to the efforts of entrepreneurs like Ernest Hall at Dean Clough in Halifax, Jonathan Silver at Saltaire and now Urban Splash, many of them have been given a dynamic new lease of life as space for small enterprises, art galleries and residential apartments.
Other aspects of our industrial heritage championed by SAVE include railway stations and former power stations, including most famously SAVE's proposal in 1981 for converting Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's Bankside Power Station into an art gallery, now triumphantly realised with the opening of Tate Modern. SAVE are also still involved with the ongoing project to restore and give new life to Battersea Power Station.