NEWSFLASH: JULY 2020
THE Black Country has officially been designated a UNESCO Global Geopark.
The region is renowned for being at the centre of the industrial revolution and this UN status recognises the importance of its geology which coupled with the working population, contributed to meeting the demands of industrialisation.
The UNESCO Global Geopark status puts the area known since 1846 as the Black Country, on the world map and creates the opportunity to celebrate the unique character of the area and its varied population.
The Society are delighted to receive the news and look forward to being a part of the bigger picture in preserving the valuable heritage and promoting its culture, both past and present.
40 Geosites including Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve in Dudley and Red House Glass Cone in Wordsley will be some of the first to be developed.
If you want to know more as plans develop or would like to join us in celebrating the past 50+ years of research, visit the Membership Page.
SOCIETY NEWS UPDATES
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
NEW 'POTTED HISTORIES'
Read about Joseph Darby the Netherton Jumper & World Champion
NEW - POTTED HISTORIES (SEE LINK OPPOSITE)
Like many places the Black Country has always had very colourful characters in all walks of life and our new website series called 'Potted Histories' will highlight some of these individuals. Another good reason to join and get the full stories in our quarterley magazine features.
ARE YOU SELF ISOLATING?
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.
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.
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.
NEW 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.
BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR LOCAL HISTORY
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
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 ...
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!
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 -
ARE YOU MISSING FOOTBALL?
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.
THE BLACK COUNTRY SOCIETY HAS A VACANCY
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.
Did You go to HIgh Harcourt School, Hayden Hill
Nikki Higgs would like to find former pupils for a friends group.
Contact: Nikki Higgs
15th Black Country
HISTORY DAY 2020
DATE: Saturday 7th November
VENUE: Large Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, University of Birmingham,
Organised in partnership with the Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham.
This Event will be confirmed later in the year.