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Local history under the spotlight in free talks

The rebuilding of the centre of Wolverhampton in the 19th century, Charles Dickens' links to the Midlands and a key Bilston industry will be revealed in a series of fascinating talks on different aspects of local history taking place in November.

The Old Horse Fair, in the centre of Wolverhampton
The Old Horse Fair, in the centre of Wolverhampton

A portrait of Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise
A portrait of Charles Dickens by Daniel Maclise

A piece of Bilston enamel
A piece of Bilston enamel

The City of Wolverhampton Council's Arts and Museums Service organises regular talks on a wide variety of historical subjects, including 3 next month.

They begin with Unseen Victorian Wolverhampton: The Townscape of 140 Years Ago, at Bantock House Museum's Tractor Shed on Tuesday 3 November from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Norm Keech will reveal his research into the efforts by a local businessman to record the landscape he knew in the late 1800s before it disappeared.

Historical novelist Anne-Marie Vukelic explores author Charles Dickens' local connections in a repeat of her talk, Dickens and Wolverhampton: The West Midlands and the First Literary Superstar, at Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies' Molineux Hotel Building on Wednesday 11 November from 5pm to 6pm.

And Helen Steatham looks at the social context for the development of the important local enameling industry in Bilston Enamels Brought to Life, taking place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Friday 20 November from 2pm to 3pm.

All the talks are free - simply turn up on the day. For more information, please visit Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage.

People interested in the area's history should also make a date for Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies' popular Local History Fair, which takes place at the Molineux Hotel Building on Saturday 14 November from 10am to 4pm.

Visitors will be able to explore Wolverhampton's fascinating past, with experts from various organisations on hand to talk to them about different aspects of local heritage. Entry is £2 for adults and £1 for children.

  • released: Friday 23 October, 2015