Smethwick Local History Society


Welcome to Smethwick Local History Society



If you are you interested in the people, places, things and events that helped shape our heritage in this area, why not join this Society?  We were formed in 1984 and pride ourselves on being one of the oldest and most active local history societies in the region.  We usually meet at Bearwood Baptist Church on the second Wednesday of each month, but please see the Programme page for details as some events are held elsewhere.  Membership costs only £10.00 per person or £15 for two people living at the same address.  You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting but a cover charge of £2 is payable by all who attend.  Tea or coffee is available at most meetings @ 40 pence per cup.















We meet at:  Bearwood Baptist Church, corner of Rawlings Road/Bearwood Road, Smethwick, B66 4HA


Bus Routes:  11, 82, 120, 128, 258

Nearest Station:  Rolfe Street (1 mile)

Motorway:  M5 (2 miles)


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This society was formed in 1984 and is a registered charity.  Our aim is to bring to people's attention the history which surrounds them and encourage the research, recording and preserving of many different aspects of our local heritage.  We hold regular monthly meetings for which a varied programme is produced.  Some of our members carry out research and produce publications which are sold to raise funds for the society.


We are one of the oldest and most active local history societies in the region and  are members of other local societies, such as the Birmingham and District Local History Society and the Black Country Society.  We also work closely with Smethwick Heritage Centre, Warley Woods Community Trust, Lightwoods House, Thimblemill Library and also with Sandwell MBC on matters of public interest.




All meetings at Bearwood Baptist Church are postponed until September 2021.  Summer outdoor meetings will be going ahead (see programme)