Throughout October, the Made in Oldbury project is staging an exhibition of rare photographs unearthed from the archives of Sandwell along with Oldbury and Langley Local History Societies, staged alongside new artworks from local artists, Jain McKay, Joshua Whitehouse, the Happy Painters Group and students from Q3 Academy Langley, who have undertaken workshops with archive materials. Kate Jackson is also showing a series of behind-the-scenes photographs of work at Metsec on Broadwell Road, one of the oldest sites of metal production in the area, which is still operating today.
The exhibition is on show at the Arts Café, Central Sixth, New Square, West Bromwich, B70 7PG; from October 4th to November 2nd, Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm; and on Saturdays October 7th and October 21st, 10am- 2pm.
Other events include:
Made in Oldbury: artefacts from our industrial history,
Tuesday October 17th, 12 noon, Hope Church, St James Road, Rounds Green, Oldbury, B69 2DX. Light refreshments from 11.30am.
Using objects from his collection, Dr Terry Daniels (Langley Local History Society and Oldbury Local History Group) will take us on a fascinating historical tour of the area’s industries
Secrets of the Archives
Thursday 19th October, 2pm, Sandwell Community History Archives, Smethwick Library, High Street, Smethwick, B66 1AA.
Archivists Maureen Waldron and Ian Gray invite you to investigate some of the unusual items in the collections of the archives, including a trip to the basement. Limited numbers, so booking essential. Ring 0121 558 2561.
The Black Country From The Air
Tuesday October 24th, 2pm, Central Library, West Bromwich
Keith Hodgkins from the Black Country Society takes a bird’s eye view of the industrial landscape around us, from the 1920s to the 1970s.
Fabrication – Opening the Archives
Saturday October 28th, 1pm – 4pm, The Oak House Barns, Oak Road, West Bromwich, B70 8HJ.
A fantastic opportunity to see some more rare archive materials from Sandwell Community History and Archives Service. The event includes a special performance by Black Country poets Billy Spake Mon and Brendan Hawthorne, offering their own unique reflections on local industrial history in word and verse. Dr Terry Daniels will be on hand to share some of his personal archive of the area, along with collector of industrial memorabilia Mike Fenton and West Bromwich Local History Society. The café will be open for refreshments.
Photography and the Family Collection
Tuesday October 31st, 12 noon, Hope Church, St James Road, Rounds Green, Oldbury B69 2DX. Light refreshments from 11.30am.
Using examples from local collections, Geoff Broadway will take us on a journey through the social history of the Black Country.
Thanks again to the Heritage Lottery Fund, who have supported the project, alongside the Arts Council of England and Oldbury Local Area Budget. For further information on the project contact Kate Jackson, Project Coordinator, by emailing email@example.com or calling 077203 28116.