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All the fun of the local history fair


15 November 2013

In the last couple of weeks,  we have been very busy preparing for our tour at local history fairs. We recently attended the successful fairs organised by Wolverhampton City Archives and Walsall Local History Centre.

We regularly change the content of our displays, depending on which town/city we are going to and what projects that we are working on. For example, our display at Wolverhampton focused on ‘What’s from Wolverhampton’ in which our Assistant Curator, put together a collection of images which highlighted buildings on the Museum site that had once stood in Wolverhampton. The buildings that were chosen included the Hardware Shop, Sidebotham’s Trap Works, Broad Street Bridge and Bradburn and Wedge

The display at Walsall featured historic photographs taken in Walsall from the Black Country Society collection. The collection of nearly 4,000 photographs were scanned and further documented by the Museum's documentation assistants, thank you to  Arts Council England who provided funding which enabled the Museum to carry out this lengthy task. The display also showed some of our Museum features, which were originally based in Walsall, such as our Brass Foundry, trolley bus 862 and the day boat ‘Birchills’.  

The main reason for  our attendance at these local history fairs is to ensure that members of public are aware that our Museum curators are happy to answer any of your enquiries about the Black Country and to help with your research. To raise awareness that we also have a library that covers a wide variety of topics from coal mining to canal boats, which can be used for pre-arranged visits; Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm. If you would like to use our library or have any questions about collections and library holdings, call on 0121 557 9643 or email

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