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Roman Catholic Landscape of the Midlands talk imminent!

October 29, 2014 in Architecture, History of religion, Talks by Stuart Williams


Places are still available for our next public talk, which is by historian Dr Trevor James, who will be speaking on ‘The Roman Catholic Landscape of the Midlands’,

The talk is on Monday 3 November 2014, with doors opening on the night at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The evening will close at 9pm.

In his talk Dr James will reveal something of Roman Catholic history across the Midlands, with special reference to religious buildings. Following the lifting of restrictions on Roman Catholic worship in the late 18th Century, a Roman Catholic presence began to be observed and grow in the West Midlands: Maryvale, the Oscott seminary, a vast amount of Pugin activity, Erdington Abbey etc are all examples of how we still see this particular landscape emerging. There is also an earlier Roman Catholic landscape, fossilised in ancient church dedications.

Dr James is Editor of both Local History Magazine and The Historian, the members’ magazine of the Historical Association, of which he has also been Hon. Secretary for the last six years. He is the resident local history tutor at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, and has been an extra-mural local history lecturer for over forty years. His specialism is in landscape history, into which the Roman Catholic story of the Midlands fits well, although his Ph.D is related to the history of sport since Tudor times. Between 1985 and 1989 he was the first-ever Walsall Borough Humanities inspector.

Admission to the illustrated talk costs just £2.00 and advance booking is essential.

If you should wish to book a ticket for this or any of our other events, please telephone 01922 721305, and we will be happy to take your booking. If the answering machine is on, simply leave your name, how many places you wish to book, and your telephone number.

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

Further information about Walsall Local History Centre may be found on the Centre’s website:

Lost astronomers of Old Walsall

October 7, 2014 in Articles, Astronomy, Walsall by Stuart Williams

The Temperance Hall, Freer Street, Walsall, where Walsall & District Astronomical Society met.

The Temperance Hall, Freer Street, Walsall, where Walsall & District
Astronomical Society met.

Was your ancestor an amateur or professional astronomer?

Stuart Williams uncovers a lost and long-forgotten Walsall astronomical society of the 1920s in his latest article ‘Lost astronomers of Old Walsall’.

Click on the link above or on our Articles menu to read more!