New website showcases West Bromwich history

A new website has been launched about the history of West Bromwich.

Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and web designer Paul Lacey, West Bromwich Local History Society has created the brand new website which features photographs, reminiscences and memorabilia selected from its collections.

Paul said: “I have worked on a number of websites for museums and historical associations, but what makes this particular site so dynamic and enjoyable to work on is that it is filled with such rich content, provided by local people with a great sense of pride in their local area and its heritage.”

The West Bromwich Local History Society website was launched at a special event at Sandwell Arts Cafe at Sandwell College’s Central Sixth campus in West Bromwich. The event featured a rare talk from historian Robin Pearson called Pause a Moment for the Memory. He is the well-known former head of West Bromwich Library and author of several photographic anthologies on the area.

West Bromwich Local History Society was founded in 1999 with a membership of 16. It now has some 80 members.

The society holds monthly meetings from September to June at All Saints Church Hall, All Saints Way, on the first Friday evening of every month. There are a range of speakers with presentations from a broad range of history and also to reflect interest in local trends.

The society has also been involved in a number of projects in the past – for example, working with the West Bromwich Paupers Memorial Committee to help establish a lasting memorial in Heath Lane Cemetery with related educational work, and creating a Paupers Memorial Trail in West Bromwich.

More recently the society has produced a book about the life of local Victorian industrialist and philanthropist Reuben Farley, five times mayor of West Bromwich, and a project on West Bromwich at War 1939-45.

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