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Local history and Great War memories at Dudley archives

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

Recruits are blessed in Dudley marketplace before going off to war

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DUDLEY Archives and Local History centre is hosting a local history day on Saturday, July 12, as part of the region's Black Country Day celebrations.

Anyone interested in local or family history will find a wealth of fascinating information and memorabilia on display.

The day will feature a series of local history talks from guest speakers as well as children's activities, ancestry research advice, and family and local history society exhibitions. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to learn more about how the archive service works through a number of behind the scenes tours.

In addition, as part of the national Great War centenary commemorations this summer, there will be a First World War exhibition celebrating the contribution Dudley borough men made to the war. The exhibition will showcase local people's memorabilia and stories form the war that really will resonate with residents today.

Our photograph is thought to date from 1914 and its shows soldiers in Dudley marketplace receiving a blessing before a large crowd of onlookers before they depart for the fighting in France.

Visitors can also contribute to the borough's archives collection by bringing along their own interesting old photographs or First World War memorabilia which will be copied and added to the archives collection.

The brand new archives centre opened its doors to the public earlier this year and keeps records for Dudley borough dating from the 12th century to the present day. It is dedicated to protecting the borough's heritage by collecting and preserving documents, photographs, film and audio, to build a history of the borough for generations to come.

Councillor Hilary Bills, cabinet member for archives, said, "Local history day is a great way to find out about the wealth of historic information that the archives service holds. Expert staff will be on hand to help visitors with their family and local research and local history experts will be offering specialist information and advice."

The archives centre is located on Tipton Road, Dudley, next to the Black Country Living Museum. Local history day is held on Saturday, 12 July, from 10am to 4pm. There is no charge for admission and refreshments will be on offer. For more information call the centre on 01384 812770.

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