Vic Taylor, project participant. Photography by Kate Jackson
Vic Taylor, project participant. Photography by Kate Jackson

West Bromwich At War

We were proud to coordinate this fantastic heritage project focused on the impact of the Second World War on West Bromwich.  The work was commissioned by the West Bromwich Local History Society with funding from a bequest by Stan Wilkins and a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund. West Bromwich Civic Pride Association also lent their support.

Volunteers from the Society gathered the base-line historic data. They also collected personal reminiscences and photographic materials which told the story from a unique local perspective.

"I must congratulate the West Bromwich Local History Society on its splendid production.  Over the years I have encountered a number of similar productions but West Bromwich at War is outstanding in terms of its presentation, design and quality."
J.N.T. Vince, reader

"I feel I should congratulate you  and your members for producing such an excellent piece of work.  I feel many people will regard it as a really good piece of historical interest / reference." 
Graham Fellows, reader

There were numerous opportunities throughout the project to get involved through open events, presentations and workshops. These provided a forum for the wider community to share individual experiences, perspectives and interpretations, resulting in several invaluable contributions being made to the research.

We used all the materials generated by these activities to produce a fascinating bespoke book for the Society. We also worked with professional web designer, Paul Lacey, to produce an online presence for them. This featured both the results of the project as well as broader historical materials about the town, so providing a long-term legacy for the work of the Society.

An exhibition of original material was held at the Arts Café at Central Sixth in the centre of the town throughout October and December 2016, with the book being launched formally on November 23rd.