TALKS 2020 - BCS welcomes all Members and friends to our annual programme of informal and informative evening presentations! (Entrance: £2.00 / Friends £3.00)

All Talks will take place from 7.30pm at The Dudley Canal Trust Portal, Birmingham Road, Dudley DY1 4SB


 NEW VENUE: Quality Hotel, Birmingham Road, Dudley DY1 4RN 

Wednesday 26 February 2020


The Black Country – An Overview’   

Speaker: Sarah Middleton

Talk starts: 7.30pm.  

 VENUE: The Quality Hotel, Birmingham Road, Dudley DY1 4RN  


The Black Country is a success story that continues to offer lucrative growth potential. The presentation will provide an  insight into the Black Country’s economic performance to date, in relation to the changes required to achieve the 30-year vision.

 Sarah is the Chief Executive of Black Country Consortium Limited (BCC) and has been since its incorporation in 2006. Sarah joined the Consortium Partnership in October 1999 and has been central in developing the Black Country Sub-Regional partnership, its 30 year vision, Economic Strategy and Spatial Strategy, including joint approaches on Planning, Investment, Economic Intelligence and the Black Country Education and Skills Strategy. She has also supported the West Midlands Combined Authority on the development of the Combined Authority Strategic Economic Plan.


Sarah qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and previous roles include Deputy Chief Executive for East Mercia Chamber of Commerce (including responsibilities as General Manager for Business Link Walsall) and Chief Executive of Walsall City Challenge. 

Sarah is also Co-optee of West Midlands Fire Authority and co-opted member of the Audit Committee of the University of Wolverhampton

 Black Country Society AGM - 25 March 2020       

 Venue: The Quality Hotel, Birmingham Road, Dudley DY1 4RN 

Meeting starts at 7.30pm. BCS welcomes all members able to attend.


The AGM will be followed by A Tribute to Ron Moss; an illustrated talk by Keith Hodgkins.


Ron Moss was one of the great stalwarts of the Black Country Society. His passing in April 2019 deprived the Black Country of one of its most significant local historians and researchers of the past 50 years. Ron became an early member of the Society in the late 1960s, chaired the Industrial Archaeology Group from 1978 to 2006 and served as President in 1996-97. The IA Group gave Ron a platform from which he could explore, record and expound on all aspects of the industrial Black Country, in particular the chain and anchor trades of his home district. Alongside his writings, his lectures and his photographs, Ron will be forever associated with the rescue, refurbishment and running of Mushroom Green Chainshop on behalf of the Society. To honour his memory the Society is planning to unveil a commemorative plaque on the Chainshop in the near future.


Keith Hodgkins, Society President 2016-18, joined the BCS in 1973 and straightaway became involved with the Industrial Archaeology Group where he became firm friends with Ron Moss. Since 2012, when Ron`s mobility became restricted due to a stroke, they worked together on digitising and cataloging Ron`s extensive photographic archive. A selection of these images, mostly of Black Country content and portraying Ron`s interests and passions, will form the basis of the presentation.

Wednesday 22nd April 2020

The Black Country V Zeppelins


Speaker: Ian Bott

Talk starts at 7.30pm  

  VENUE: The Quality Hotel, Birmingham Road, Dudley DY1 4RN    


Ian Bott is a well known Black Countryman and has been involved in the promotion of the area for many years. He has a great breadth of knowledge about everything Black Country and in this capacity has appeared on television.

Ian, on this occasion, will talk about the true story of two stray German Zeppelins that found their way into the skies of the Black Country one a dark night in 1916.

Ian has written and published seven books about various aspects of the Black Country and is a visitor guide at Walsall’s Leather Museum. Ian's book will be on sale at the event and available through the Black Country Society Library thereafter.

David Eveliegh's Book with

its fascinating selection of

100 Objects representing

the Black Country is on sale.

Joint editors: Malcolm Dick, and Janet Sullivan

Groups & Links

The West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust is a registered charity.

They aim to safeguard buildings of historical and/or architectural importance, within the West Midlands and Worcestershire, which are at risk of being lost.

As well as projects to protect and rescue historic buildings, the Trusts organise a range of activities to encourage and involve both new and existing members.

Visit -

Industrial Archaeology Group Programme


NETHERTON (7pm for 7.30pm start)

The IA Group hold evening lectures and meetings on the first Wednesday of each month .
For details contact .

Black Country Geological Society
The BCGS run a programme of monthly lectures and talks from September to April , meeting in ​ Dudley Museum & Art Gallery, St. James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HU, followed by a series of Field Trips to geological sites all over the Midlands. No qualifications are necessary to join - just a genuine interest. See the BCGS website for details.


Mushroom Green Chainshop
See the Industrial Heritage Stronghold website for details.

Mushroom Green Chain Shop is opened by Industrial Heritage Stronghold on the second Sunday of the month from April to October 2:30 – 5pm. Admission is free.

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