2015 Events

21Jan

Circus Days and Variety Nights

Speaker: Bob Broadfield

Wednesday 21 January 2015 at 7.45pm at St. Mary's Church Centre, The Village, Kingswinford, DY6 8AY

Subject to be confirmed. .

28Jan

THE GREAT DEPRESSION.

Speaker: Paul Harding

Wednesday 28 January 2015 at 7.30pm at The Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ

The greatest slump the world had ever seen. Hunger marches and the plight of the working classes are discussed. Paul examines a period in our history when there appeared ‘no light at the end of the tunnel’. .

18Feb

The Last days of Steelmaking at Round Oak

Speaker: Keith Hodgkins

Wednesday 18 February 2015 at 7.45pm at St. Mary's Church Centre, The Village, Kingswinford, DY6 8AY

Keith is a keen member of the Society’s Industrial Archaeology group. This talk will explore the end of an era in the Black Country. .

25Feb

Two Trees

Speaker: Geoffrey Greenhough

Wednesday 25 February 2015 at 7.30pm at The Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ

The lecture bears the same name as Geoffrey’s historical novel. Centred on Wednesbury, locations on the Western Front and a prisoner of war camp, the author explains his motives for delving into his family history and why he chose to present his research in the form of a novel rather than a narrative account. .

18Mar

History of British Movie Studios

Speaker: Siddig Hussein

Wednesday 18 March 2015 at 7.45pm at St. Mary's Church Centre, The Village, Kingswinford, DY6 8AY

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25Mar

The Special Operations Executive in the Second World War

Speaker: Dr Mark Baldwin

Wednesday 25 March 2015 at 7.30pm at The Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ

Seasoned lecturer Mark Baldwin brings along authentic badges knives and booby traps and exposes the secrets of the secret service. (The Black Country Society AGM will take place before the talk.) .

15Apr

TBC

Speaker: TBC

Wednesday 15 April 2015 at 7.45pm at St. Mary's Church Centre, The Village, Kingswinford, DY6 8AY

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22Apr

Charles Dickens’ Social Conscience

Speaker: Lucinda Hawksley

Wednesday 22 April 2015 at 7.30pm at The Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ

The great great great granddaughter of Dickens and an internationally acclaimed speaker, Lucinda reveals how Nicholas Nickleby prevented children from being abused and Oliver Twist encouraged the Queen to take pity on her subjects. Lucinda tells of Dickens’ work on sanitary reform and his project to help ‘fallen women’ She will explain how the social reforms he helped to effect still resonate in the world today. .

Details of other events will be added as they are notified to us.

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