There are no fewer than five local history talks next month, as the popular series of events organised by the City of Wolverhampton Council continues. Its Arts and Museums Service organises regular talks on a wide variety of historical subjects – and they are proving a hit with the public, regularly attracting full houses. February's programme begins on Tuesday (2 February) with Wolverhampton's Oldest House: A Survey of Graseley Old Hall, taking place at Bantock House Museum from 1.30-2.30pm.
On Wednesday 10 February, curator Brendan Flynn gives an illustrated talk tracing the ways the local landscape has been portrayed by artists in The Black Country in Art at Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies from 5.30pm-6.30pm. He will repeat the talk at Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Saturday 27 February from 2pm-3pm.
Community Historian Greig Campbell repeats his popular talk on the life of world-renowned botanist and explorer, Charles Howard-Bury, in Bilston, Everest and the Abominable Snowman at Bilston Craft Gallery on Wednesday 24 February from 2-3pm.
And on Friday 26 February, art historian and feminist Hannah Squire discusses Wolverhampton’s contribution to the campaign in Suffrage and the Fight for Women’s Equality in the Early 20th Century, taking place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from 2-3pm.
All talks are free but places must be must be pre-booked by calling 01902 552055. For more information, please visit www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk.
Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "This continuing programme of free talks is proving incredibly popular, with many drawing capacity crowds – so if you want to take part, please make sure you reserve your place early to avoid disappointment."
Also this month, Wolverhampton Art Gallery hosts the city's 10th Annual Local History Symposium on Saturday 13 February from 10am-4pm, giving amateur historians the chance to showcase their research. Tickets for this are £5 each and available by calling 01902 552055.