'The Blackcountryman' is the society's quarterly magazine. In the 180+ issues published in the past 46 years there have been over 2,600 authoritative articles on all aspects of the Black Country by historians, researchers, teachers, students, subject experts and folk with an extraordinary tale to tell.
In addition, some 500 books written during that period on Black Country subjects have been reviewed in the magazine. Books continue to be written and reviewed in the magazine.
The whole 45-volume collection constitutes a unique resource for teachers, students, researches and anyone with a general interest in the Black Country. Several local libraries have complete sets and an index available for reference.
At least 2000 magazines are printed each quarter, each Society member has a copy delivered and there are sales outlets throughout the Black Country. A very recent innovation is to publish an electronic version of the magazine, also on subscription. This should appeal to overseas members and hopefully those who are partially sighter..
The magazine is non-commercial and nobody receives payment for their articles. This publication is the most important of the Black Country Society.
The 'contents' page of each 96-page A5 magazine lists some 20+ items including details of the programmes of all affiliated groups, often with a profile of a Black Country Personality, around 10 substantial articles, several lighter ones, humour, occasional poetry, correspondence, news and book reviews.
There is a coloured cover and about 20 photographs in each issue.
Two national history publications have named 'The Blackcountryman' as a leading magazine in the field of local history.
From 1968 until 1988 the late Harold Parsons was the editor. His 'Portrait of the Black Country', published by Robert Hale, London 1986, went to a reprint and a re-issue in paperback form; it was widely recognised as the standard general book on The Black Country.
Stan Hill, Editor from when he retired in 1988 until October 2001 spent 40 years in the education service, the last 20 of which he was warden of Dudley Teachers' Centre at Himley Hall, where he was involved with teams of teachers introducing local studies in schools.
David Cox then took over as Editor, who has recently completed a PhD in Criminal Justice History after gaining an MA in History from the Open University. David's last issue was the 150th (Summer 2005).
The current Editor, Michael Pearson, also administers the society website. You will notice that enhanced articles from the magazine will appear on the website and the link between web and paper products will become closer.
The Blackcountryman is delivered free to members and is also available from local outlets, or by post for £3.80 (including UK postage + packaging).
Back issues are available by emailing the Editor (see foot of page), these cost £3.00 (up to and including issue 39/3) and £3.80 from issue 39/3 onwards (prices current from 3/07/12) including UK post and package. There is a 30p surcharge if you wish to pay via Paypal. There is a discount if you purchase more than one magazine.
Some issues are out of stock, if the article you require is out of stock, a scan of the article you need can be created and emailed to you. The price for this service is £2.00 for the first issue, with a discount for more than one issue.
The first 10 volumes (40 issues) are now available on CD-ROM for those who cannot find copies of the magazine, or who want to start an electronic collection to save on bookcase space. Please go to the publications page for details, and a special offer when purchasing via the website. It is hoped that volumes 11-20 will be digitised shortly.