Express & Star Photo Archive Survey closes this Friday

I have a very important message for readers from Chris Leggett of the Express & Star, who I’ve noted before, are staging a campaign to get their paper photo archive scanned and online for all to access.

I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a vital and wonderful project. I ask all readers to support the bid, fill out the survey and write to the paper explaining your support.

If you would like to support the project, please send a letter of support to: Chris Leggett, Brand and communications manager, Express & Star, 51-53 Queen Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1ES. Or email:

Like the Express & Star photo bid on Facebook.

Chris wrote:


The Express & Star photo archive is a remarkable chronicle of local life that really should be online for all: this image of King George’s playing fields, West Bromwich 1967 is an amazing example.

Please take time to complete the online survey on the Express & Star’s plans to make its photo archive available digitally for free.

More than 150 people have given us their views.

We plan to close the survey at midday on Friday October 11 to pass the data to the team preparing the bid.

If you are a member of a heritage group and would like to encourage colleagues to participate, or know friends or family who might like to share their views, please forward on the link.

Click here to begin

By working together, we hope we can make the archive accessible for all.

Thank you again for your support.

Chris Leggett
Brand and communications manager
Express & Star


The archive contains images from a wide time range – this one from 1992 shows Cradley Heath chainmaker Roy Nock at work, Sept 3 1992.

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4 Responses to Express & Star Photo Archive Survey closes this Friday

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    did my return is a very very valuable source and resource thats on offer to everyone..if we take a few moments to join in the move!

  2. Tony Jakeman says:

    Fantastic idea. I’ll do the survey later. Although there is a very dodgy photo of me on an archeological dig in Walsall from the mid 70s that might need loading in the mists of time

  3. David Oakley says:

    What a remarkable photograph and well worth archiving, scanning, and placing online. I think the photo shows the old Jubilee Colliery in the background, with West Bromwich Dartmouth C.C. playing cricket in the foreground. There were two pits there at the time, Sandwell and Jubilee, in close proximity.The pit closed in 1960, I was surprised to see the mound of spoil still there. West Bromwich Dartmouth C,C, are still going strong. A haulage wheel from Sandwell Colliery is still doing service in the Black Country Museum as part of the pithead gear..

  4. gabriel says:

    Good publicity for a very good cause, Bob. As you know, I’m not a “local” but I’ve still submitted a form and am keeping my fingers crossed that the Heritage Lottery Fund money is forthcoming.

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