Virtual Heritage Group 2023

(Non-members £2.00 / Members free)


An online Zoom group primarily for Society members who live outside the Black Country or who have difficulty getting to fac-to-face meetings. Society members should use the button below to request the log in details. A password will be required - the same as that used to access back copies of the Blackcountryman. The button links to a contact form that needs to be completed and submitted and the log in details will then be sent by email. Non-members should use the button directing them to the Society shop where they can purchase on online ticket for £2.00. Details and tickets will be available two weeks before each event. 


Mary Macarthur and the Cradley Heath Lockout - Andrew Homer 

Wednesday February 8th 7.30pm

In 1910, the chainmaking women of Cradley Heath downed their tools and went on strike under the leadership of Mary Macarthur and the National Federation of Women Workers. Although the strike or ‘lockout’ was about local wages, it was to have national repercussions. The authority of the newly formed trade boards to address the plight of workers in the sweated industries, and enforce minimum wages, was about to be tested right here in the Black Country.

An Ecclesiastical Affair - Chris Baker                                        

Wednesday February 8th 7.30pm

This presentation tells the story of events in the Black Country village of Pensnett in the 1860s and 1870s centred around the activities of its Anglican clergy, that caused a considerable scandal in the locality and led to a nationally reported like trial.

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Black Country Memories


Wednesday April 19th 7.30pm

An opportunity for members to send in an old photograph of Black Country people or places, or a more modern photograph of something that stirs their Black Country memories, and to talk about it to others for three or four minutes

Francis Brett Young - Jack Price                                       


Wednesday May 10th 7.30pm

More than any other author, Francis Brett Young is recognised as the novelist of the Black Country, but what exactly does his Black Country constitute? Join me as I explore Brett Young’s fictional portrait of the British Empire’s beating industrial heart, looking specifically at what areas he depicts and over what time period. This will help me paint a picture of the novelist’s own Black Country, and let us directly interrogate what message he is trying to get across to us, his readers. In doing so, I hope to ascertain what use Brett Young’s novels are today, both to Black Country folk but also those who we would consider “outsiders”.


Black Country History Quiz Night                                        


Wednesday June 14th 7.30pm

A lighthearted evening to test your historical knowledge of the Black Country