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Tall tales of tombs and Black Country burials – local history talk

September 25, 2014 in Black Country, Cemeteries, Darlaston, Talks, Walsall by Stuart Williams

WLHC694 Bath Street Ground, Walsall, showing the old Almshouses opposite, in the early 1900s

WLHC694 Bath Street Ground, Walsall, showing the old Almshouses opposite, in the early 1900s

Visitors to Walsall’s Local History Centre in Essex Street are in for a sometimes spooky but always fascinating treat next month when a well-known local historian will be giving the latest in the centre’s popular series of illustrated public talks.

And noted author Ian Bott of Wednesbury is all set to pique the curiosity and raise the hackles of his audience on the evening of Monday 6 October 2014, when he will shine a light on some macabre and occasionally amusing tales of Black Country cemetery history, including Walsall’s 18th century Bath Street Burial Ground and Darlaston’s Victorian James Bridge Cemetery, in ‘A Grave Subject’!

Ian, who also works at Walsall Leather Museum, is far-famed for his spooky – but historically well-researched – stories of grisly goings-on and things that go bump in the night around this historic region, from roadside to graveside, from council houses to castles.  And his talks are always popular, so be sure to book early.

Doors will open for ‘A Grave Subject’ at 7pm for 7.30pm-9.00pm.

Admission costs just £2.00 and advance booking is essential by telephoning 01922 721305.

On-site car parking and disabled facilities are available at the centre.

Walsall Local History Centre is the archives service and local studies library for Walsall Metropolitan Borough and is part of Walsall Council.

Further information about Walsall Local History Centre may be found on the centre’s website:  www.walsall.gov.uk/localhistorycentre and, of course, in this blog.

WLHC2382  James Bridge Cemetery, Darlaston, taken by Alan Price in 1970

WLHC2382 James Bridge Cemetery, Darlaston, taken by Alan Price in 1970

Public talk to shed light on Black Country history

September 4, 2014 in Events, News, WLHC by Stuart Williams

Dr Chris Upton

Dr Chris Upton

Walsall Local History Centre is continuing its popular series of public talks later this month, when its next guest speaker will focus on Black Country history on Monday 22 September 2014.

And the event marks a return visit by Dr Chris Upton, Senior Lecturer in History at Newman University, Birmingham, who will be speaking on ‘The Green and The Black’, with doors opening on the night at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  The evening will close at 9pm.

In his talk Dr Upton will reveal the story of how the Black Country, once the beating heart of the industrial revolution, got its name.

Admission to the illustrated talk costs just £2.00 and advance booking is essential by telephoning 01922 721305.

Free parking and disabled facilities are available at the Centre in Essex Street, north Walsall.

Walsall Local History Centre is the archives service and local studies library for Walsall Metropolitan Borough and is part of Walsall Council.

Further information about Walsall Local History Centre may be found on the Centre’s website:  www.walsall.gov.uk/localhistorycentre

Behind-the-scenes for Heritage Open Days

September 4, 2014 in Black Country Echoes, Events, News, WLHC by Stuart Williams

Walsall Local History Centre

Walsall Local History Centre is planning two behind-the-scenes tours for the public next month, when Heritage Open Days are set to take place across the country.

The Walsall event, which takes place on Saturday 13 September, also ties into the Black Country Echoes Festival, celebrating local industrial heritage.

Ruth Vyse, head of the Centre in Essex Street, north Walsall, will be leading the tours, which will include the chance to see some of the borough’s most important local archives, including historic business records.

The Centre will be open from 9.30am-1pm on the day, and tours, which should be booked in advance on 01922 721305, will take place at 10.30am and 11.45 am, lasting around 30 minutes.

Admission is free of charge.

Free parking and disabled facilities are available on site.

Walsall Local History Centre is the archives service and local studies library for Walsall Metropolitan Borough and is part of Walsall Council.

Further information about Walsall Local History Centre may be found on the Centre’s website:  www.walsall.gov.uk/localhistorycentre