Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies will be hosting its popular Local History Fair in November.

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Now in its sixth year, the fair is one of the biggest events in the local history calendar and will take place at the iconic Molineux Hotel building on Saturday 14 November, 2015, from 10am to 4pm.

Visitors will be able to explore Wolverhampton's fascinating past, with members of local history and heritage societies and expert historians from across the Black Country on hand to talk about their work.

Children can also 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.

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."

Entry to the Local History Fair 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 Type=links;Linkid=6114;Title=Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage;Target=_blank; or call 01902 552480.

  • released: Monday 21 September, 2015