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Past events

PDFs of web pages relating to past AGMs, society talks and walks, conferences etc

Recordings of past Virtual Heritage Group meetings on the Society YouTube channel

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Future face to face and Zoom events

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The Quarry Bank - Revisited. Walk led by Dave Galley


Wednesday 5th June 2024. 7.15 pm for a 7.30pm start. The carpark at the junction of Park Rd and High Street, DY5 2JR

This Classic BCS walk is dedicated to the memory of John James who surveyed this walk with Ned Williams in 2001. This walk will follow the route of the original walk which looked at how Quarry Bank had changed from the features of ‘Old Quarry Bank’ recorded in local post card views. Come along and see what has changed again over the last 23 years.

Exploring the Canals of Dudley Port and Tividale. Wal led by Keith Hodgkins


Wednesday 12th June 2024.6.45 pm for a 7.00pm start. Dudley Port Railway Station Car Park, Station Drive, off A461 Dudley Port, Tipton

Starting with a view of the new Dudley to Wednesbury Metro Line, currently under construction, we will access the canal at the delightfully named Puppy Green Aqueduct and walk along Thomas Telford’s New Main Line Canal opened in 1835, to Dudley Port Junction and then past the site of the disastrous canal burst of1899 to Albion junction. Here we turn right onto the Gower Branch, passing the BCN’s only staircase lock to join James Brindley’s old main line opened in 1772 at Brades Hall Junction. Turning right we continue to Tividale aqueduct where we will descend to the Black Country’s newest canal, the Netherton Tunnel branch, opened in1858 to return to Dudley Port Junction. A left turn will take us to Ryland Aqueduct where we can drop down to the main road and back to Dudley Port rail station.

This is a long walk of just over three miles but it is almost all on level towpaths, parts of which may be muddy if the weather has been wet.


A look at Amblecote. Walk led by Adrian & Kathyrn Skelson-Reece


Wednesday 19th June 2024. 7.15 pm for a 7.30pm start. The carpark in School Drive, Amblecote, DY8 4DQ

Join us for a Walk around the best-preserved part of Amblecote Township, in the heart of the glass mile. Focusing on the locations and remains of some of the 39 glass works, including the people and watering holes that existed in the 400 years of the Glass Quarter.

Beasts of the Battlefield: animal imagery in the Staffordshire hoard, Charlotte Ball

26th June  7.30pm. Bilston Town Hall, (Free for member and £5 non-members)

The talk will explore the animal imagery of the Staffordshire Hoard, looking at the find from a symbolic perspective. Depictions of animals were important in early medieval art and belief. We will look at the way that this art intersects with the functionality of the objects in the Hoard, creating meaning for the wearer that is sometimes obvious and sometimes not!”


Banner bright, Ned Williams  

24th July  7.30pm, Bilston Town Hall, (Free for member and £5 non-members)

A colourful survey of banners - trade union banners, Sunday School banners and Co-op banners, including scenes at Warrington Walking Day and Durham Miners Gala.'

Beer, bets and bull baiting by Mary Bodfish 

28th August  7.30pm. Bilston Town Hall, (Free for member and £5 non-members)

Our forebears revelled in bull-baitings, cockfighting, boxing matches and abominable drunkenness; especially in the Birmingham and Black Country area. The boozy, bloody amusements of the working classes rose and fell in the 19th century – and something remains of them today


Virtual Heritage Group via Zoom later  in 2024

The Irish in the Victorian Black CountrSimon Briercliffe 16th September 7.30pm

(Title to follow) Rebecca Wilton 21st October 7.30pm

The Crooked House, and an introduction to some crooked survivors. Steve Roughton 18th November 7.30pm

Building Utopia in the Black Country (and beyond) - the use of brindle bricks between 1900-1939. Elizabeth Thomson, 9th December 7.30pm

Talks later  in 2024 in Bilston Town Hall    

The Stourbridge Glass Industry, Kate Round 25th September  7.30pm            

From the Punjab to the Black Country,  Narinder Singh Rai 23rd October  7.30pm                  

A Black Country Christmas,  Ian Bott 27th November  7.30pm  

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