Memorial to Abraham Darby
Blowers Green Pumphouse 5
Faerie Locksmiths House Willenhall
Boat on canal FC?
6a canal scene B&W
Ma Pardoes
3322 people look
St
Wilden Viaduct red brick 380
The Stour026
The Stour027
The Stour031
The Stour036
John Northwood statue
Plough at Sandwell Farm
Cottage at Sandwell Farm
Old Hope Pole WB
Shaftsbury Casino WB
Rechabites WB
Town Hall WB
Register Office 2 WB
The Wheatsheaf front
Health College WB
Arts Building WB
Art College WB
Town Hall & Library WB
Houses WB
Register Office 1 WB
WB High St in wet 2019
Manor House West Bromwich BCS
West Bromwich Billiard Hall
chain shop 02 MJP
Top Church Dudley1
old building front 2
canal merry hill MJP
Boat on canal FC?
Dudley building Wton St area MJP
sculpture on pavement
Dudley Zoo entrance 1 MJP
Blowers%20Green%20below%20locks%203_edit
Dudley Barclays Bank
Dudley Old Post Office
ruin arch by college
Top Church Dudley4
Duncan%20Edwards%20Statue%202%20MJP_edit
1933 Dudley Opera House BCS
Dudley 3 Crowns MJP
FW Cook Dudley MJP
Thomas & Emma Winifred (Jones) Houlston
Lisa Potts
D%20Round%20pose_edited
7%20Frederick_Hollyer_Morris_and_Burne-J
Ellen%20Thornycroft_edited
Gertrude Millar Countess of Dudley
Dolly Allen
Madeleine_Carroll_1938

  JUST ANNOUNCED - NEW TALKS PROGRAMME FROM SEPTEMBER & A NIGHT OF LAUGHTER WITH THE PRESIDENT 

SPECIAL NOTICE:

Venue: Darlaston Methodist Church

Time: 3 - 7pm

Saturday 16 October 2021

Reunion for all those who remember and attended Moxley Methodist church which has now closed . There will be people present who remember the Church from over 75 years ago and many if us in our 40’s 59’s snd 60’s will be sharing some memories. This would be an ideal opportunity to record / film or generally archive any of the memories.

Hello,

Welcome to our unique website and the 'Home Page' which we hope will 'whet your appetite' to become a member. 

The Black Country Society provides you with a great opportunity to develop a real interest in the History, People, Places and Lifestyles of the generations that lived, worked and played in the area and those currently making a difference.

As you will find throughout the website, the Society covers all these aspects of the Black Country and you are most welcome to browse the pages to get a flavour of the Black Country and the Society.

If you are not a member yet, please consider joining today! The total cost is just £17.50 for 12 months and you can join online in minutes or print and post the Membership Form. 

The website is kept up-to-date by the Webmaster. There will be something for everyone and if you wish to contribute to the history and heritage - email it to us through the 'Contact' Page.

YOUR GUIDE - MENU BAR BUTTONS & DROP-DOWN LINKS

HOME PAGE - Society History / News / Magazine (digital copy) / Dialect A-Z.

MEMBERSHIP PAGE  - Join the Society online / Application Form to print & post.

   MEMBERS ONLY PAGES - Password protected additional Society information.

NEWS - Items about the Black Country and the Society.

MAGAZINE PAGE - All issues of the magazine are listed in a searchable index.

  MEMBERS ONLY PAGES - The pages are password protected. All members receive the password.

  A variety of items to entertain Members, plus a library of all editions of the Blackcountryman to view in digital     format on the website.

TALKS/WALKS - Talks programme / Walks programme / Events

BOOKS - A listing of all Society sponsored books with descriptions.

BOOK/GIFT SHOP PAGE - Here you can buy books and gifts from the Society.

IMAGE LIBRARY - Images from all parts of the Black Country (Copyright of the Society)

CONTACT PAGE - Communicate with the Society Committee by email.

ADVERTISING PAGE - Communicate with the magazine Publisher & Webmaster. 

(You will find additional buttons to click in the right hand column and throughout the site to enhance your viewing and search experience - Enjoy!)

The Society was established in 1967 by Dr John Fletcher and Mr John Brimble at the Noahs Ark, Tipton where In 2017, on the 50th Anniversary of the Society, a 'Blue Plaque' was unveiled above the front door. 

The Society has continued to publish a select number of books each year. The books are available for purchase through various Midlands outlets and most important, in the Gift Shop/Library of this website.

The 'Blackcountryman' magazine is the society's flagship. It is published quarterly and included in the membership fee so well worth the cost of joining.

You get 96 pages of articles and features describing the extraordinary events, achievements, places and 'larger than life' characters of the Black Country. The magazine also contains the latest news about the society and its events, so you will always be up-to-date.

DOUBLE CLICK THE ABOVE FOR THE NEWS PAGE

ANOTHER NIGHT

WITH THE PRESIDENT


'The Black Country Wench'
Marlene Watson
Friday 19 November 2021  
Time: 
7.30pm
Venue: The Court House, Dudley DY1 1L
Corner New Street - Tower Street)

Start: 7.30pm (Bar available)​

Tickets: £5.00

A Black Country themed Social Event hosted and compered by BCS President Marlene Watson.
A Variety of Entertainment including music, poetry and lots of
Black Country humour.

'MEMBER'S ONLY' PAGES online
The 'Members Only' pages are password protected and only available to Society Members.
The pages contain interesting items about the Black Country, Society News, Quiz and Word Puzzles, Stories, Poetry and a range of Black Country Creative Links.
The Member Only pages are in two areas: First in the drop down box under the MEMBERSHIP heading on the Menu Bar and also under the MAGAZINE heading on the Menu bar. The first area is Members Only information and the second area is a separate library of pdf editions of the magazine that you can view and read. Magazine editions uploaded to date - from 1967 - 2011.

It is anticipated that the full 50+ years of the Blackcountryman will be available online in this format by the end of the year.
 

BCS TALKS PROGRAMME

RETURNS in 2021


New venue The Court House, Dudley DY1 1LP (bar available)
Time: 7.30pm
Black Country History at its
most entertaining

INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY GROUP TALKS RETURN

NEW BOOK Forging Ahead is now available for purchase!

Double click below to see the promotion video and visit the Heritage West Midlands website to take advantage of the BCS Member discounted price by entering the code BCS.


BLACK COUNTRY HISTORY DAY

will now take place in 2022

AGM 2021
Members can read the Secretary's Minutes to the 2021 AGM and see a recording of the event on YouTube. Visit the Members Only pages in the dropdown box under MEMBERSHIP on the Menu Bar.

NOW AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS
Women of the Black Country
The legacy lives on ... be inspired by the strong females who have been the foundation of generations and made the Black Country famous around the World.
Do you know a woman or women who deserve to be celebrated? Let us know so we can add her /them to the list!

 'POTTED HISTORIES

WSBC FC N2.jpg

DID YOU KNOW - The Black Country has produced more England International footballers than any other area of the West Midlands! Read this fascinating book by Pat Talbot which has over 50 biographies of some of the greatest players from the Black Country.

Bham FA logo.jpg

Sponsored by the BCFA

Visit the Book Shop to purchase your copy for just £12.00 incl pp

FOOTBALL NEWS: Black Country’s 53rd England Player

 

Congratulations to Jude Bellingham who has become the 53rd Black Countryman

to be selected to play for England. Jude, born in Stourbridge has become the third

full England international from Stourbridge, following Joe Bache and Pat Beasley.

He joins a talented line-up of England players from the Black Country.

Here’s the top 10 by number of caps awarded: 25 Jesse Pennington 

(Albion, 1907-20); 24 Bert Williams (Wolves, 1949-55); 23 Don Howe (Albion, 1957-59) and Steve Bloomer (Derby & Middlesbrough, 1895-1907); 19 Allan Clarke (Leeds United, 1970-75); 18 Duncan Edwards (Manchester United, 1955-57), Billy Walker (Villa, 1920-32) and Carlton Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday, 1992-93); 16 Billy Bassett (Albion, 1888-96); and 13 Steve Bull (Wolves, 1989-90).

The 52 Black Country footballers who represented England are included in White Shirt – Black Country by Pat Talbot.  Price: £12.00 incl. pp - Visit the Book/Gift Shop

Jude Bellingham footballer.jpg

NEW BOOK - Palethorpes 

(Master Sausage Makers for 115yrs)

Author John Dunn, worked for Palethorpe’s for over 30 years and through his connection to the Palethorpe’s family wanted to put on record how they created a World renown sausage and pie

manufacturing facility in the Midlands. It also shows

the family’s ethos in caring for the workforce on a daily basis and throughout two World Wars. A WONDERFUL RECORD OF THE TIME for just £14.00

The limited edition Book is sponsored by and only available from BCS. Visit the Book/Gift Shop page.

Robert Plant image.jpg

Read about a World Champion Jumper, 

World's Best Rock & Roll Voice, 1st Woman

M.P. & Suffragette plus more ...

CAMPAIGNS

The Black Country Society is not in any way political or affiliated to any organisation. It does have concerns about building preservation and other plans to change the area. Part of the website is therefore available to express the opinions of both members of the society and those involved with change. 

Brierley Hill Trade Show Cat 1950_Page_1

See the company's that were in manufacturing
in Brierley Hill in the 1950's.

Can you believe this catalogue was just 6d (5p).

Manufacturing
in the
1950s

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE IN LOCKDOWN

TO ENJOY THE FOLLOWING ITEMS -

The website has a new page called 'Potted Histories' so why not take a look at some of the featured short biographies of Black Country personalities.

Amblecote Heritage Society

1. Have a go at our online Quiz

2. Refresh your memory with our Black Country dialect pages

3. See a sample of The Gospels Book in Black Country dialect

   and try translating it back. Why not order a copy from the

   Book Shop pages.

4. Visit the Book/Gift Shop to view the Society's selection of

   books for sale.

5. Read a copy of the Blackcountryman online (see below)

6. Take a look at the 'Potted Histories' Page where you will find a number of short biographies of people who come from the Black Country and have made a difference in their own personal way.

 

LOCAL IDENTITY
Click on the button BELOW to read what Matt Mills thinks and how you can help!

As you can see from the information on the website, the Society has a lot to interest all kinds of people and there is no pressure to do anything other than relax, learn, study and be amused. As a Member we can help you with any queries and don't forget that you will be part of one of the most unique 'heritage' society's in the UK. We welcome your support for the continuation of the Society into the next 50 years and beyond.
Go to the Membership Page and join something special today!

Not a Member Yet?

See what you are missing in the Magazine  

Click the above button to see a sample of

the Blackcountryman

Join the Society to receive further printed

or digital copies as part of your full 

Membership package.

1 WINTER FC 1.jpg

Are You A Poetry Fan?

Click the button to read

Johnny (Mogs) Black Country Poet

Memories of the Dudley
'Hip' Hippodrome
Read this extract from the magazine and step back in time!

Humph Lyttleton 1959 nationaljazzarchive

Book
Launch

The Black Country -
A History in 100 Objects
read the review written by Dr Trevor Raybould
Click on the PDF logo
This book is available
for purchase online.

BCS EXCLUSIVE

Diary entries of Bombing Raids in the Midlands during WWII

A few years ago I was given a package of loose leaf pages which are hand written and log a short daily account of German bomber raids in the Midlands. I have now upload the script and you can find the information by clicking onto the button below ...

AIR RAID IMAGE.JPG

The Black Country Society has a team of volunteers to help you with your enquiries.

We are pleased to fulfil your purchases and also supply information, books and back issues to further your interests.

Some requests can take time to research and prepare, and many of contacts are pleased to make a donation to the Society. This action is very much appreciated, so if you would like to donate, please click the button.

Thank You for your valued contribution! 

THE GRAHAM BECKLEY COLLECTION

Who were the Jolly Boys in 1914?

Click the icon to see the photo!

Click the camera to see BCS

Events images by Graham Beckley

?

Do you know the date of the blessing

of the 1st motorised ambulance in

Brierley Hill?

THE BLACK COUNTRY SOCIETY HAS VACANCIES!
JOIN THE COMMITTEE TO PLAN THE FUTURE &
PRESERVE THE PAST

Click here to find out more ...

The Society has a new Secretary -
Anna Muggeridge

A familiar face to those able to visit the White Cone Glass Museum.
Click on the button to contact the New BCS Secretary.

Dimbleby Lectures

Did you watch Sir Tim Berners-Lee talking about the world wide web?

If you are a computer user and concerned about the future, he is launching www.contractfortheweb.org to show how the web can be used as intended to good effect and for democracy where everyone using it is accountable.

Take a look!

LOCAL ARTIST

Robert Perry RBSA is a local artist with a unique mobile studio.

He should have been exhibiting at Himley Hall this month.

Find out more by visiting his page on the website or contact him direct  

www.robertperry-artist.co.uk

Did You go to HIgh Harcourt School, Hayden Hill

Nikki Higgs would like to find former pupils for a friends group.

Contact: Nikki Higgs

Email:  nikki_higgs@hotmail.com

Telephone: 01970822180

EXPRESS & STAR GOES DIGITAL - NEWSPAPER PHOTO ARCHIVE LAUNCHED

The Express & Star has just launched a website of its photo archive containing historical pictures of the public, architecture and events in the Black Country.

ADVERTISING

The Black Country Society are pleased to offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to advertise on the website.

Please call Brian Ridout on 0790 3023260 or email: admanbcs@gmail.com

The Black Country Society has over 1500 members and this website gets thousands of visitors a month. The Society is one of the largest and most unique 'Heritage' sites in the UK and is also International with members living in many countries around the World.

The 2020 UNESCO announcement that the Black Country has been identified as an International Heritage Site & World recognised GeoPark really does give the area a high profile.