Photographs of the Black Country

Any local history website should contain an archive of photographs. The photographs on this site being no exception. The purpose is to show the history of the region, it is also to help local researchers identify people, places and events from history.

Please email me if you wish to submit any photographs, either just to share, or if you need help identifying a relative, event or location. Your details will not appear on the website, I will handle all queries or information.

The Goldmine (formerly Blue Ball) Peartree Lane, Cradley Heath

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Photograph from Women Chainmakers Festival at Black Country Living Museum - 22nd October 2005

The Women Chainmakers Festival took place on 22nd October 2005, attracting good numbers of visitors to the Museum to see and hear the various Festival Events. Before the recreation of the 1910 strike procession led by "Mary Macarthur", who was the motivating force behind the nationwide campaign to abolish sweated labour, Sylvia Heal, MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, spoke of the significance of this date in 1910 when the women's victory led to the establishment of Britain's National Minimum Wage Movement. Other speakers included Megg Munn, MP and Minister for Women, Frances O'Grady, TUC deputy General Secretary, and Diane Holland, TGWU's National Organiser for Women. All speakers referred to the fight that women have had to obtain equality and recognition in the labour market. In addition they spoke of the Workers' Institute, which had stood in Cradley Heath as a landmark to British labour history, and the rescue programme to preserve the building and relocate it on the Museum site.

Chris and Al the licensees of "The Goldmine" public house (formerly The Blue Ball ) in Peartree Lane, Cradley Heath have sent me 3 modern photos of the pub. If anyone has any old pictures either of the pub or the area around it, they would be very grateful for copies, or the original, so they could frame them & put them in the bars. Links to the photos are below:

Email me if you have any old photos, I will also add them to our website if you give permission.

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