West Bromwich at War, 2016

Publication, exhibition, events

A year-long project with members of West Bromwich Local History Society produced a beautiful book looking at the town during the Second World War. (‘It's a page-turner,’ as one person enthusiastically described it.) Alongside archive research, together we held a series of public events and workshops, collecting original source materials or interviews from over 70 individuals. The project also involved a writing project for young people in local schools and the presentation of a vintage film night at the Royal Naval Association Club. An exhibition of photographs and memorabilia was curated, featuring some never seen before images by local sports photographer Albert Wilkes, who served with the Army Film & Photographic Unit in the Second World War, documenting the front from Normandy to Berlin. Members of the Society also worked on a new website to profile local history. Material produced during the project was used by other local organisations for recall and reminiscence sessions.

The final publication (A4 hardback, 164 pages) was launched in November 2016 and designed with Rich Franks from Blue & White Creative. Copies are available from the Secretary of the Society. Contact here.

Project supported by Stan Wilkins Bequest, Heritage Lottery Fund, West Bromwich Civic Pride Association.