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Kate wins Wolverhampton local history award

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

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THE winner of the eighth annual Wolverhampton Local History Symposium is Kate Harland-Westwood.

She was chosen from eight speakers who gave presentations to a full house of local history enthusiasts at the event which was organised by Wolverhampton City Archives.

It was held in the Tractor Shed at Bantock House Museum on Saturday, February 22.

The annual Symposium encourages original research into previously explored aspects of Wolverhampton's history.

Kate Harland-Westwood's winning presentation focused on the thriving 18th century local industry of coffee mill manufacturing.

As part of the prize, she received a £300 bursary to enable further research into her chosen topic.

The prize money was donated by the Express and Star and the Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society.

An honorary award was also given to Frank Sharman for his research into the enclosure act of Tettenhall Wood and the reasons behind the area's crossroads.

Other talks ranged from Wolverhampton and the First World War to the very beginnings of Wolverhampton Wanderers and the origins and history of Wolverhampton's Archaeological Society and the four historians who influenced its conception.

Topics on the Great War included Captain Sydney John Sankey's First World War experiences and how the war affected the Sankey company; local men who objected to being called up for war; a look at the life of Wednesfield-born Florence Maud Williams who became a nurse on the battlefields; and the wartime experiences of Portobello-born William Shepherd.

The event concluded with a talk from the winner of last year's Symposium bursary Erica Williams.

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