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An Imperial Story – part 2

May 24, 2014 in Articles, Cinemas, News, Theatres by Stuart Williams

Plan of the new, more ornamental, frontage

Plan of the new, more ornamental, frontage

Our Archivist, Paul Ford, has penned the second of three articles about the old Imperial in Darwall Street, Walsall, and we have published this today!

Entitled An Imperial Story – part 2, the latest part of this long and fascinating tale of the Imperial covers the period from 1908-1939, when Walsall first began having regular film shows, and when the Imperial itself was gradually transformed from a theatre into a cinema – Walsall’s first permanent venue of this kind.

In Paul’s article you can not only read all about the Imperial’s  fascinating and evocative history, but see the evidence – and even view some of the early films shown there!

Check it out via the Articles menu above, or go direct via the following link.

Book of the Month – Flora of Birmingham and the Black Country

May 15, 2014 in Book of the Month, Local Studies, Natural History, News by Stuart Williams

As part of a new blog series, the Centre’s Local Studies Librarian Cath Yates will be telling our readers, via this site, about some of the most interesting books which are available for reference here at Walsall Local History Centre.   Book of the Month posts now have their own category, so you will be able to find them all together for your interest.  This is the first such post.

The first book may, to the uninitiated, seem an unusual choice for a local history centre, but in fact the environment, geology and topography of an area is a vital part of our remit.  Over to Cath…

The Flora of Birmingham and the Black Country - cover

The Flora of Birmingham and the Black Country – cover

Many people would not associate an urban area such as the West Midlands with an abundance of wild flowers and plants. However, Flora of Birmingham and the Black Country by Ian Trueman, Mike Poulton and Paul Reade aims to show the diversity of the region’s wild plants and flowers.

It was published in 2013 and is newly acquired by the Local History Centre and describes the wild flora of the Birmingham and Black Country areas. They include all types of plant including trees, mosses, lichens and fungi.

A team of volunteers have travelled to open spaces all over the area from large habitats such as Sandwell Valley and Sutton Park to parks and recreation areas and even church yards and cemeteries.

There are many illustrations and maps to show the distribution of particular species.

The authors have included a series of recreational walks for those people who would like to see more of the region’s wild flowers and several which are included are in Walsall Borough. These are part of Stubbers Green Canal (Daw End branch), Park Lime Pits and Cuckoo’s Nook and the Dingle.

- Cath Yates

Marriage Matters!

May 14, 2014 in Family History, Marriages by Stuart Williams

Henry Boys' Marriage

Have you ever had trouble tracking down the church marriage of an ancestor while researching your family tree?

Our latest short article from Libby Warren, Archives Assistant at Walsall Local History Centre, offers a handy hint for genealogists that, thanks to the kind generosity of a member of the public, Mr Peter Loach, could save you a load of time!

To read the article, either click on the Articles menu above and select ‘Marriage Matters’, or go direct to the page via the following link:

Marriage Matters