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Dudley Zoo badge from opening year

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

By Dan Shaw

Dudley Zoo badge from 1937

Dudley Zoo badge from 1937

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THIS memento of Dudley Zoo's earliest days belongs to Robert Hickman of Halesowen, a collector of badges and other ephemera with a Black Country connection.

Robert recently acquired this badge and hopes that readers will be able to tell him more about it.

Was this enamelled badge on its blue and red lanyard worn by staff at the zoo or was it worn by members of some club or society connected with it? What is the significance of the number 80?

Dudley Zoological Society was founded in 1935 and the Zoological Gardens in the grounds of Dudley Castle were officially opened by the Earl of Dudley and Edward Marsh, of Brierley Hill sausage-makers Marsh and Baxter, on 6th May, 1937.

The zoo opened to the public on 15th May, when over 100,000 people tried to get in and more than half had to be turned away. Within six months 700,000 had been and the zoo's one millionth visitor came in July 1938.

Can you provide any information on this 77-year-old Dudley Zoo badge? Contact dshaw@black countrybugle.co.uk or write to our editorial address on page 2.

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