Black Country Echoes is an exciting project that is happening now.
The festival will celebrate the rich industrial heritage of the Black Country from
20 September – December 2014.
Join us for these pre-festival events…
Sandwell History Day – Industry & Worship 29 August 2014, 1.00-4.30pm
Smethwick Baptist Church, Regent Street, Smethwick. B66 3BQ.
Smethwick has a rich history of industry, ethnicities and worship and has been the focus of several important political events such as the visit of Malcolm X. the area has continued to act as a pull for diverse communities living, working and worshipping alongside each other.
Come along to our final History Day and celebrate the heritage of companies; Albright & Wilson – Avery – Birmid Foundries – Chance Brothers – Ruskin Pottery – Smethwick Drop Forgings and many more.
Speakers include photographer Vanley Burke, historian Chris Upton and Reverend Bill Mash from the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission. Existing organisations and projects will also be in attendance.
Sandwell Heritage Icons Empowerment (SHIE) project, aims to document the histories of South Asian women working in the Textile sector from the 1960s to 2000. Smethwick Heritage Centre will be displaying objects from their collection on manufacturing in the area.
Images on the day supplied by Sandwell Community and Archives Service (CHAS)
The Blue Bird Toffee Factory
Romsley & Hunnington History Society, invite you to celebrate our rich heritage on the Blue Bird Toffee Factory, through a series of workshops and presentations taking place at Halesowen Library and Black Country Living Museum.
Julian Hunt and Clare Weston (Curator Domestic & Cultural Life, Black Country Living Museum) – talk on the Blue Bird Toffee Factory and its collection, now housed at Black Country Living Museum. Wednesday 20th August 2014, 10.30am – 12pm at Halesowen Library.
Black Country Living Museum – Come along to our Reminiscence Day and view the Blue Bird Collection. Julian Hunt from Romsley & Hunnington History Society will be presenting and Clare Weston will be on hand to offer more insight into the collection. Wednesday 27th August 2014, 12 – 3pm. Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ. Refreshments provided.
Please RSVP for the event at the Black Country Living Museum to: