This post first appeared on the Bloxwich Telegraph, written by the wonderful Stuart Williams. I’m sure he won’t mind if I appropriate it just this once… this is a great event, and I really can’t add to what Stuart has written.
I went to last year’s and it really was a great way to pass a Saturday afternoon.
A special event bringing local and family history alive across the borough is all set to take place in Walsall town centre this Saturday 2nd November – and admission will be free of charge!
Walsall Local History Centre has invited local museums, societies and organisations to come together for the third year running to present displays on local and family history and heritage from all over the borough and beyond.
This year, the popular Walsall Local History Fair will take place at a new, bigger venue – The Crossing at St Paul’s (St Paul’s Church) in Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DA, right by Walsall Bus Station – and will be open to the public between 10.30am – 3.30pm.
The Fair, which will centre on the Crossing’s Upper Room (accessible by stairs and by lift) will be formally opened at 10.30am by the Mayor of Walsall, Cllr Mohammad Nazir, with the Mayoress Riaz Begum Nazir.
As well as exhibits, things to buy and the chance to talk to local experts throughout the day, there will also be public talks in the adjacent North Room from Centre staff members Stuart Williams, who will take visitors on a trip in ‘The Photographic Time Machine’ between 11.30am – 12.30pm, and Paul Ford, who will reveal the truth behind the ‘Walsall Zeppelin Raid of 1916’ from 2pm – 3pm.
Seats are limited, so get in early!
Children’s Activities – a Box of Delights!
Children’s activities for children from age 4 upwards will run from 11am-1pm. Children will be able to make a magical Advent treasure box about Walsall’s history. There will be a charge of £2 per child to cover the cost of materials and the children’s workshop needs to be booked in advance via the Local History Centre on 01922 721305.
Explore Your Archive
This event is part of the national Explore Your Archive campaign which aims to encourage people to visit their archives and find out the stories they contain. Walsall Local History Centre will be telling the stories behind the Zeppelin raid and talking about the archives we used to uncover those stories. Archives enable all of us to discover the stories, the facts, the places and the people that are at the heart of our communities. Come along and go on a journey of discovery!
Walsall Local History Centre will be CLOSED on the day of the Fair to allow staff to run the Fair at The Crossing at St Paul’s. The Centre apologises for any inconvenience.
Walsall Local History Centre is the archives service and local studies library for Walsall metropolitan borough and is part of Walsall Council. The Centre is based in Essex Street, Walsall, WS2 7AS. Tel: 01922 721305.