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Archives to host Local History Fair

Wolverhampton City Archives will be holding its annual Local History Fair later this month.

Among the attractions at the Local History Fair will be films from the collections of Wolverhampton City Archives, including footage chronicling the Queen’s visit to Wolverhampton in 1962
Queen's visit to Wolverhampton in 1962

Among the attractions at the Local History Fair will be films from the collections of Wolverhampton City Archives, including Progress with a Purpose, which charts the modernisation of industry
Progress with a Purpose

Among those taking part will be representatives from the Western Front Association, the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society, Wombourne History Group, Black Country Visual Arts, the Black Country Living Museum and Wednesfield History Society, who will be on hand to talk about their work and research.

There will be screenings of archive film material showing Wolverhampton over the years throughout the day, while a series of activities for younger visitors include the chance to dress up in Victorian costumes, model making and colouring.

There will be a sale of second hand books, and the Friends of Wolverhampton Archives will be holding a raffle and selling cakes and drinks in their pop up tea room to raise funds for Wolverhampton City Archives.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "The annual Local History Fair is a great chance to discover more about our City's fascinating history and meet with like minded people and specialist organisations."

The Local History Fair takes place at Wolverhampton City Archives, Molineux Hotel Building, Whitmore Hill, on Saturday 28 October, from 10am to 4pm. Entry is £2 for adults, £1 for children.

Wolverhampton City Archives houses a wealth of materials relating to the history of all areas now within the City of Wolverhampton including Bilston, Bushbury, Penn, Tettenhall and Wednesfield.

Constantly growing, the Archives' vast collections include maps, books, census returns, newspapers, records from local schools, churches, clubs, societies and businesses, electoral registers, and indexes to births, deaths and marriages. There are also over 30,000 photographs, plus films, sound recordings, memorabilia and much more.

For more details about Wolverhampton City Archives, please visit Wolverhampton Arts and Culture or call 01902 552480.

  • released: Friday 13 October, 2017