Hello,

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

Are you from the Black Country?

Do you have links to the Black Country?

Are proud of the Black Country?

Do you live in the Black Country?

Are you fascinated by the history of the area and its impact since the Industrial Revolution?

 

The Black Country Society opens the door to develop a real interest in the History, People, Places and Lifestyles of our ancestors?

The Society covers all these aspects through a quarterly Magazine, Talks & Walks programme and this Website.

If you are not a member yet, please consider joining today. The cost is very affordable (from £8.00) and you can join online in minutes (just visit the Membership Page).

 

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

The Society and its members are extremely proud to have, for over 50 years, supported, recorded, preserved and celebrated the distinct character and nature of the West Midlands area known since 1846 as 'The Black Country'.

The Society publishes a select number of books each year. These books enable historic and researched information to be shared with BCS members. The books are also available through various outlets and through this website to anyone interested in the history and industry of the 'Black Country'.

The 'Blackcountryman' magazine is our flagship and if you prefer, you can sit in your most comfortable chair at home and be entertained, amazed and extend your knowledge from the published features and articles in the magazine. These features describe 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.

"We live in the presence of History" Winston Churchill

ARE YOU SELF ISOLATING?

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 Gift/Book Shop to view the Society's selection of books for sale.

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

At this time of restricted travel, please be patient with any books ordered from the Society. Delivery may take up to 7 days. Thank You.

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 SOCIETY NEWS UPDATES 

 

Dear Visitor,

At this time of health concerns, we want you to know that you are not alone and can make contact through this website with the committee and other members.

If you are self isolating, then scroll down the page for some ideas to entertain you and look through our books for inspiration and to read something special about the Black Country!

You are not alone!

All good wishes - BCS Committee

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?

?

NEW BOOKS LAUNCHED

THE BLACK COUNTRY IN 100 OBJECTS

Step back in time to the era of manufacturing.

Each object in the book has been specially selected

by the people of the Black Country to celebrate the remarkable history of our region.

Purchase from https://www.bclm.co.uk/shop/the-black-country-a-history-in-100-objects/1769.htm

THE GRAHAM BECKLEY COLLECTION

Who were the Jolly Boys in 1914?

Click the icon to see the photo!

Want to see a copy of the BCS magazine?   

to see a sample of the Blackcountryman magazine in digital format - then join the Society to receive further printed or

digital copies as part of your full Membership package.

EXHIBITION BY

LOCAL ARTIST

postponed until further notice

Robert Perry RBSA

Future dates will be posted . View the

paintings and admire the technique of one of our best artists.

www.robertperry-artist.co.uk

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.

Go to the Membership Page and join something special today!

THE 2020 AGM IS POSTPONED

The Society has a new Secretary - Andrew Homer

A familiar face if you have visited the Black Country Living Museum. If you would like to know more click on the button.

NOW IN STOCK

Sponsored:

Birmingham

County FA

DID YOU KNOW - The Black Country has produced more England International footballers than any other area of the West Midlands!

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

 15th Black Country 

 HISTORY DAY 2020  

DATE: Saturday 7th November 

VENUE: Large Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, University of Birmingham,

TIME: 10:00am-4:00pm.

 

Organised in partnership with the Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham.

This Event will be confirmed later in the year.

THE BLACK COUNTRY SOCIETY HAS A VACANCY

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.

                   WW1 Midlands               

                    Soldiers & Memorials

A book and website sponsored by the Black Country Society. Visit it by clicking on the arrow.

www.menandmemorialsofdudley.co.uk

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!

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Black Country Society

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Design & Production: www.magnum-designs.com

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