The 2nd Local History Fair was held at Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies on Saturday 8th October. This event included over 20 stalls for a variety of organisations related to local history including
- Media Archives for Central England
- Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society
- Tipton Civic Society
- Shropshire Family History Society
- Black Country History Website
- Wolverhampton Archaeology Society
- Western Front Association
- Willenhall History Society
- Claverley Memories
- Lost Wolverhampton
I also had a stall to showcase the Taking Account of Our Past project and explain what the project was all about. This display included information on the background of Smith, Son & Wilkie chartered accountants, the Queen Square Syndicate property developers, Benjamin Walters and Co Ltd locksmiths and the Wolverhampton and District Butchers, Hide, Skin, Fat and Wool Company Ltd.
It also included a section asking if anyone remembered some of the companies represented within the collection including John Barrington and Co Ltd tea dealers, John Brotherton Ltd tubes and fittings, Craddock Brothers Ltd bootmakers, Priestfield Iron and Brick Co Ltd, Adam Boulton & Co Ltd brick manufacturers as well as those already listed.
If you have memories of any of these companies please get in touch so we can record your memories at the Archive.
As well as the display, I also had an embossing stamp originally from Benjamin Walters and Co Ltd on the stall so people could have a go at creating an embossed impression of the company logo.
This would have originally been used to mark the company’s papers as official records.
This particular embossing stamp has been decorated with a lovely flower design, probably by employees of Benjamin Walters and Co Ltd.
The Local History Fair was a success with about 340 visitors including about 20 children. Refreshments were provided throughout the day by the Friends of the Archives. A big Thank You goes to Lisa Hale, the Archive Outreach Officer who organised this fantastic event. Without all her hard work and dedication this event would not have been possible.