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Historians asked to share secrets of city's past at symposium

The call has gone out to historians who have been busy unlocking the secrets of Wolverhampton's past and now want to share their fascinating findings with others.

City Archivist Heidi McIntosh wants to hear from amateur historians, either individuals or groups, who are willing to share their research at the city's Ninth Local History Symposium, which takes place next month.

The annual event showcases new and often very significant research into the history of Wolverhampton through a series of short presentations.

As well as the chance to share their findings with local history enthusiasts, speakers will also be in the running for a Local History Bursary of £400, sponsored by the Express and Star and Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society. The bursary will be awarded to 1 speaker to encourage and support further research into the city's varied past.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "Wolverhampton has some incredible stories to tell and the symposium is an important event on the local history calendar.

"We're really keen to hear from individuals or groups who want to speak at the event. Not only will they be able to share their findings with others who are passionate about our local history but everyone who takes part will also be in the running for a Local History Bursary."

Guidance for submissions and an application form are available by emailing heidi.mcintosh@wolverhampton.gov.uk. The closing date for submissions is Friday 23 January, 2015, and successful individuals will be informed by Friday 30 January, 2015.

The symposium itself takes place on Saturday 28 February, 2015, at the Molineux Hotel Building from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are available now priced £5, or £4 for Friends of Wolverhampton Archives, by logging on to Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage.

Previous symposiums have provided fascinating studies into a wide range of subjects, from the development of the local iron industry, spectacle making in 19th century and child labour to Wolverhampton's waterways, the war graves in Jeffcock Road Cemetery and even a history of fast food in Wolverhampton.

  • released: Wednesday 7 January, 2015