Blowers Green Pumphouse 6
Blowers Green Pumphouse 5
Blowers Green Pumphouse 1
Marlene & Catherine
West Bromwich Billiard Hall
Mist over Wednesbury
Bert Williams Leisure Centre Coseley
Coseley 2
Coseley 1
Walsall Arboretum
Wrens Nest Walk 2
Wrens Nest Walk 7 Group
Wrens Nest 1
BCS Members on Wrens Walk 8
Wrens Nest Walk 5
Wrens Nest Walk 4
Wrens Nest walk 6
Wrens Nest Walk view
St. James Priory ruins, Dudley
Pelsall Walk 1
Pelsall Walk 3
Pelsall Walk 2
Pelsall Walk 4
Pelsall Walk 6
Canal bridge Pelsall
Fountain Arcade, Dudley
Dudley No 1 canal 9 Locks
Dudley No 1 canal 9 Locks Delph Brierley
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1 BCS Coseley Walk June 2019
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Stourbridge High St 3 copy
Stourbridge High St 2 copy
Stourbridge High St 1 copy
Ian Bott leads Summer 2019 Walk
Ian Bott guided walk Summer 2019
BCS Members on Summer Walk 2019
BCS Walk on Turners Hill near Dudley
View taken from Turners Hill near Du
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View from Turners Hill near Dudley G
Gt West Archade
Canal scene
The Iron Age
Gertrude Millar
Wednesbury High St, looking towards Hill
Catholic Church Wednesbury
Wednesbury Town Centre
Roy Peacock
Doug Woodborn
Marlene Watson & Keith Hodgkins
The Wheatsheaf Public House, West Br
West Bromwich street scene
Old Hop Pole,West Bromwich
Tipton Canal near The Fountain
The Fountain Inn, High St, Tipton
Canal Boat bowl
Tipton Farrier casting
TIPTON CANAL with modern building
The Fountain Inn, Tipton
Darlaston War Memorial with plinth
Darlston tree art installation
Darlaston walkway
Darlaston Street scene
The Noahs Ark
Darlaston Police Station
Darlaston church
Stan Cullis statue at Molineux
Sentinel Locomotive at BCLM
Billy Wright statue at Molyneux Stadium.
Turls Hill, Sedgley
Turls Hill, Sedgley 2
Horses in Sedgley
Duncan Edwards statue
Dudley Town Centre
Sedgley's Special Celebrity Post Box
Sunrise over the Black Country
Stourbridge Canal
Blk Country History Day 2018
Stourbridge Canal basin
Dr Malcolm Dick OBE
Doreen Brimble & Pauline Fletcher
Upper Ettingshall Methodist Church
BCS Members celebrate 50th Anniversary
BCS Members at BC Museum
Sunset over Sedgley
BCS Members celebrate 50th Anniv
Stourbridge Canal
Dr Malcolm Dick OBE, BA, PGCE, PhD
BCS President Keith Hodgkins
BCS Members at Himley Hall 50th Annivers
100 Members + Guests at 50th Anniversay
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BCS Walk & Talk
BCS Members inside the Noah's Ark, Tip
John Woodall & Keith Hodgkins
Roy Peacock
John Woodall BCS Chairman
G Worton with Giles Miller (Geological Curators' Group
1937 WB gas showroom [c Terry Price]
Black Country Living Museum
Black Country Brass
The Fizzogs
James Morgan
BCS Members at Himley Hall 50th Anniversary
Ned Williams
Dignitaries at BCS 50th Anniversary Celebration
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Val Mundon with donation cheque for Mary Stevens Hospice
Cheque Presentation to Mary Stevens Hospice
100 Members + Guests at 50th Anniversay Celebration
Entertainment at BCS 50th Anniversay
Four Mayors attend 50th Anniversary celebration
Thomas Bryan Tribute commemoration_edited
BCS AGM 2018
BCS AGM 2018
Keith Hodgkins & James Morgan
Bridge over the Stour
Cookley, West Midlands
Wilden Viaduct
The Public, West Bromwich
BCS support Stourbridge Glassmaking Heritage
Tommy Mundon Book
Speeches on Blue Plaque Day
BCS Outing
Foley Park Viaduct
Blue Plaque Day
Unvielling Plaque
Blue Plaque on Noahs Ark pub, Tipton
James Morgan with Lord Mayor, Dudley
The river Stour passes through Kidde
St. Marys Church
BCS Members enjoy a tour


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.




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


Read about Joseph Darby the Netherton Jumper & World Champion


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.


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.

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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.




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?



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 ...

Brian Ridout


               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 -


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County FA

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.

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Click here to find out more ...


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.

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Did You go to HIgh Harcourt School, Hayden Hill

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

Contact: Nikki Higgs


Telephone: 01970822180

 15th Black Country 


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.

                   WW1 Midlands               

                    Soldiers & Memorials

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

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 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!