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Black Country Studies Centre - Wolverhampton's Festival Market Hall

05 August 2021

Uncovering the history of Wolverhampton's Festival hall in this online talk with Black Country Studies Centre. (Please note this is an online talk and is not happening at the Museum).

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Black Country Studies Centre - Wolverhampton's Festival Market Hall

05 August 2021

Opened by Herb: Wolverhampton’s Festival Market Hall

Dr Jane Webb, University of Wolverhampton

Artsfest Online and the Black Country Studies Centre are pleased to present a series of events commemorating the 70 years anniversary of the Festival and its impact in the Black Country.

Date: Thursday 5th August

Time: 7pm-8pm

Venue: Zoom

A new location for a market in Wolverhampton was proposed in the 1930s. After World War II a more detailed plan saw a building influenced by the architectural blueprint for modern towns and cities that was built on London’s South Bank for the Festival of Britain of 1951. After seven years in the making, the new market hall was opened by Mr. Festival himself, Lord Morrison. This talk explores what the new market took from the Festival of Britain and why a festival style market was seen as ideal for post-war Wolverhampton.

Please note that this event is not happening at Black Country Living Museum and will be taking place virtually via Zoom. Your joining link will be sent to ticket holders shortly ahead of the event.

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