Smethwick Local History Society

May to December 2018

PLEASE REFER TO THE PROGRAMME FOR TIMES OF MEETINGS AS THESE MAY VARY.
WINTER: DOORS OPEN 2.00PM, SOCIETY BUSINESS 2.30 FOLLOWED BY OUR MAIN SPEAKER AT AROUND 2.50PM
SUMMER EVENINGS: DOORS OPEN 7.00PM, SOCIETY BUSINESS 7.30, GUEST SPEAKER 7.50PM.

2019

09 January - 2 for 2.30pm
"Smethwick's Proudest Day" - in 1899 there were celebrations on a grand scale when Smethwick was officially granted the dignity of becoming an incorporated town. Looking at its development, and at some of the people whose decisions shaped it, we see how it was that a mere scattered hamlet became a proudly independant county borough. Mary Bodfish takes us through this momentous time.

13 February - 2 for 2.30pm
"The Man who was Shakespeare" - Over the centuries questions have circulated around the man born in Stratford-on-Avon who became the world's most famous playwright. Frieda Barker assures us that you don't even need to have read any of his works to enjoy this talk: in fact, she prefers there to be some mystery as she will offer some intriguing suprises and revelations.

13 March - 2 for 2.30pm
"The Shoe must go on!" - They say you can tell a man from the state of his shoes (and presumably a woman also). Paulette Burkill will tell us about the history of shoe styles through the ages and is bringing along her fascinating collection of miniature shoes to illustrate this. She says that "if you thought platform shoes started in the 1970's, think again!".

10 April - 7 for 7.30pm
“Joeys, Joshers and James - a Birmingham Canals Miscellany". An illustrated talk by Phil Clayton about the people who worked on the canals and also the beginnings, growth, working years, decline and revival of the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society and its work today.

08 May - 7 for 7.30pm
“Christabel Pankhurst” – David Hallam’s new book on this subject will soon be published, telliing how one member of this illustrious family stood to become MP for Smethwick in the 1918 election in Smethwick.

12 June - 7.15 for 7.30pm at The Old Chapel Inn
"Round by the Boggies"- There is a surprising amount of history to be found by exploring the route of the Thimblemill Brook from the Old Church to Thimblemill Library and back again. Meet outside The Old Chapel Inn (and perhaps afterwards inside for a swift half?). Mary Bodfish will be leading us on this voyage of discovery.

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