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Distinctly Black Country: A history of high rise

The last few weeks have been exciting times for distinctly black country.

Distinctly Black Country are very pleased to say that our bid to Heritage Lottery Fund has been successful and they have been awarded £52,500 to support our project ‘Block Capital: A Participative History of High Rise Council Flats since 1960’.

The project started in August and will run until August 2014. It is supported by three tenants’ and residents’ organisations in Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. The grant will provide training and support to volunteer researchers to investigate the history and heritage of tower blocks in the centre of the Black Country. It will also create an accessible archive of material relating to their history and the people whose lives have been connected with them.

Distinctly Black Country are looking for people who might be willing to give some time to researching the history of the flats in our target area. Volunteers will be given the chance to receive training in the use of public archives, how to investigate council housing history, and how to record people’s experiences and stories about living in the flats.  They particularly welcome anyone with a personal connection to the story of the flats. If you are interested please contact Chaz Mason on 01902 552194 or chaz.mason@wolverhampton.gov.uk. More details of the project can be found at www.distinctlyblackcountry.org.uk/blockcapital.

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