Venue: Sandwell Community History & Archives Service, Smethwick Library, High Street, Smethwick, B66 1AA
Limited Spaces – to book a place please ring the Archives on 0121 558 2561.
Explore the Archives, 2 pm, Tuesday 28th March
An opportunity to discover some of the wonderful and unusual historical materials held in local collections with archivist Maureen Waldron and Ian Gray from Sandwell Community History and Community Archives.
Using Oral History, 2 pm, Thursday 30th March
Back by popular request. Come along and find out about how to work effectively with oral history: find out some top tips including recording,location and equipment, researching themes and preparation, open and interrogatory questions, developing listening skills. Presented by film maker Geoff Broadway, who recently worked on the amazing ‘Where’s Our Spake Gone’ project in the Black Country.
The Ever Changing Web, 2 pm, Tuesday 4th April
Web designer Paul Lacey will share tips on how to use successful blog platforms such as WordPress, giving a behind the scene look at how to create web sites such as www.jubileeartsarchive.com. Join in this session and Paul will demonstrate how to make a web page in an hour (or so).
Made in Oldbury: artefacts from our industrial history, 2 pm, Thursday 6th April
Using historical objects from his collection, Dr Terry Daniels (Oldbury and Langley Local History Societies) will take us on a fascinating personal tour of the industrial heritage of the area.
These workshops are part of the Made in Oldbury project by Laundry. It takes its current title from ‘an exhibition of local Industrial effort’ held at Langley Baths in 1949, which was intended to promote Oldbury to the world at large. With very little recorded details about many of over 250 Oldbury firms from 1945 to the 1960’s, we are researching the works of a vast array of these factories within living memory, collecting stories and memorabilia associated with local production. Even the smallest memory is important to be preserved. The project has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council.