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Forthcoming events

Black Country Dialect across time and space: an introduction. Esther Asprey

Wednesday 27th September 7.30pm. Bilston Town Hall

(Non-members £4.00 / Members free)

Esther Asprey from the University of Wolverhampton will introduce non-linguists to the main concepts in dialectology. We will see how the Old English spoken in the western Midlands developed, how the label Black Country arose to denote a still contested area, and how this label got transferred to the local language variety. Across the talk illustrations of the dialect will be given and we will see how today’s dialect fits in with its neighbours in terms of its grammar and words, and how it might develop in future.  


An animated video premier - Old Hill by David England

Monday 16th October 7.30pm  Virtual Heritage Group via Zoom

(No charge for members or non-members - email for Zoom log in details)

A twenty minute animated video giving the impressions of a young boy growing up in Old Hill during the mid-sixties. David will give an introduction to the video, describing the length of time it took to materialise and its rough ‘objective’, and will also describe the process of making the film and its content.

Lost Pioneers: A History of Wolverhampton's Victorian Jewish Community. Andy Sloane

Wednesday 25th October 7.30pm. Bilston Town Hall

(Non-members £4.00 / Members free)


This talk covers the period 1835 - 1900 and details the key families, buildings and stories involved in the foundation and development of Wolverhampton's lost Orthodox Jewish community.


John Louis Petit (1801-68) – A unique artist of the 19th Century Black Country. Chris Baker and Philip Modiano

Monday 20th November 7.30pm Virtual Heritage Group via Zoom

(No charge for members or non-members - email for Zoom log in details)

As the first son of a wealthy local landowner, John Louis Petit never needed or tried to sell his art and it was lost for 120 years. Now he is being hailed as the greatest discovery in British Art for a generation, especially for his Black Country industrial pictures. In this talk Chris Baker will give a historical background to the Petit family and their Black Country estates in Ettingshall and Bilston, and Philip Modiano, chair of the Petit Society, will describe John Louis Petit’s artistic life and output, and discuss the ongoing importance of this work for Wolverhampton and the Black Country.

The President's Entertainment Evening - The Rotundas: A Black Country Folk trio

Wednesday 22nd November 7.30pm. Bilston Town Hall

(£5 for members and non-members)

Join us for an fantastic folk-filled evening in the company of The Rotundas, who play  traditional industrial and social songs of Birmingham and the Black Country, capturing the vitality, character, history and lives of extraordinary people and places. 


A Black Country Christmas quiz led by Andrew Homer

Wednesday 13th December 7.30pm. Virtual Heritage Group via Zoom

(No charge for members or non-members - email for Zoom log in details)

Talks in 2024


The Brunels, the Great Western and the Black Country. Felix Schmid 24th January 7.30pm

British Bhangra Music as Soundscapes of the Midlands, Rajinder Dudrah,  28th February 7.30pm

Black Country and Birmingham Skies, Andrew Lound 27th March 7.30pm

A History of Dudley Castle, Max Keen 24th April  7.30pm 

The Sandfields Pumping Station, David Dimeloe 22nd May  7.30pm                     

Beasts of the Battlefield: animal imagery in the Staffordshire hoard, Charlotte Ball 26th June  7.30pm


Banner bright, Ned Williams   24th July  7.30pm             

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


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


Virtual Heritage Group via Zoom  in 2024


Two centuries of boat building. Geoff Taylor 15th January 7.30pm

Poetry open microphone with Emma Purshouse,  19th February 7.30pm

Gornal Wood - the transformation of a Black Country village, Ward Jones 18th March 7.30pm     

Black Country Memories - an opportunity to share photos, poems, stories or any other memories 15th April 7.30pm

Black Country ghosts and hauntings. Andrew Homer 20th May  7.30pm                     


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