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Experts on hand to reveal all about local history at fair

Representatives from more than 15 historical organisations will be taking part in Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies' popular Local History Fair on Saturday 14 November.

Wolverhampton's past will be under the spotlight in the sixth annual Local History Fair at Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies. Pictured is Lichfield Street, circa 1910. Please credit the image: Picture courtesy Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies
Wolverhampton's past will be under the spotlight

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.

Among those organisations taking part are Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society, Chubb History Society, Wolverhampton Archaeology Group, Wolverhampton Art Gallery's Black Art Project, Wolves Museum, Lost Wolverhampton, the Express & Star's Photo Archive Project and Wolverhampton Coffee Mill Makers.

Also in attendance will be Willenhall History Society, Moseley Old Hall, Claverley Local History Society, Central Youth Theatre, the Lacemaking Guild, the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry, Birmingham Canal Navigations Society, Sharehistory.org and representatives of the Locksmith's House at the Black Country Museum.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "The Local History Fair is a great opportunity for local residents to discover our city's fascinating past.

"They will also be able to speak to experts who have carried out wide ranging research into the history of Wolverhampton and the Black Country and find out more about the service that Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies offers.

"Meanwhile, younger visitors will be able to meet Queen Victoria and hear all about her trip to Wolverhampton on 22 November 1866 thanks to interactive storytelling sessions taking place throughout the day, so there's sure to be something for everyone."

The Local History Fair takes place at the Molineux Hotel Building on Saturday 14 November, 2015, from 10am to 4pm. Entry is £2 for adults and £1 for children, and no booking is required - simply turn up on the day.

Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies houses a wealth of material relating to the history of all parts of the city, including Bilston, Bushbury, Penn, Tettenhall and Wednesfield.

Constantly growing, its vast collections include maps, books, census returns and newspapers as well as 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 information about Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies, please visit Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage or call 01902 552480.

  • released: Monday 26 October, 2015