Geologist Dr Fossil will be travelling back in time for one of a series of talks on different facets of local history next month.

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

They begin with Doctor Fossil - aka local geologist Chris Broughton - who will be hopping into his Black Country Time Machine to describe the changes to the local area through time. His talk, which supports Bantock House Museum's new geology exhibition, The Riches Beneath Us, takes place at the museum's Tractor Shed on Tuesday 1 September, 2015, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Historian Simon Briercliffe profiles Caribee Island, Wolverhampton's "most infamous neighbourhood", at Wolverhampton City Archives on Wednesday 9 September, 2015, from 5pm to 6pm.

In the middle of the 19th century the small area around "Caribee Island", near the corner of Stafford Street and Broad Street, was home to the large part of the town's Irish population, with a reputation for crime and squalor. Simon will be sharing his research which reconstructs the lives of the neighbourhood's inhabitants, and suggest some reasons why it may have declined into such an infamous slum.

Finally, Dev Lal Suman, the President of the Dr Ambedkar Memorial Committee, presents a talk about The Life of Dr Ambedkar, the prominent social reformer and architect of the Indian Constitution, at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Friday 18 September from 2pm to 3pm.

All the talks are free - simply turn up on the day. For more information, please visit Type=links;Linkid=6114;Title=Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage;Target=_blank;

  • released: Thursday 20 August, 2015