Posted by: kbenoy | June 13, 2012

Penn Local History Fair

Last Friday (8th June), I attended Penn Local History Fair with a small stand with information about the Taking Account of Our Past project and information about the Archives. The event was held at Penn United Reformed Church on the Penn Road and included two rooms of displays and stands.

Penn Local History Fair 2012 Poster

It was a fantastic opportunity to meet people with an interest in Local History and learn more about the history of Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas. I met some really interesting people with great stories to tell about their families and the places they grew up.

Display at Penn Local History Fair

The display I used included some information on the project and the history of the accountancy firm Smith, Son & Wilkie as well as other businesses represented in the collection including:

  • Benjamin Walters, Locksmiths of North Street
  • Queen Square Syndicate, Property Developers who renovated Queens Arcade 
  • Wolverhampton & District Butchers Hide Skin Fat & Wool Co Ltd

Many of the questions people were asking involved depositing records at Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies, visiting the Archives and accessing records. I thought I would try to answer some of the comment questions today. If you have any other questions about the Archives please leave a comment or contact the Archives directly at

For more information on depositing records please see our website or email We accept documents, photographs and film and sound recordings related to Wolverhampton including schools, businesses, local clubs and societies, churches etc.

If you are interested in visiting the Archives but have not been before we are located in the Molineux Hotel Building, situated between the Molineux Stadium and the Ring Road. To access the free car park at the Archives you need to travel down Waterloo Road, past Asda and take the last turning on the left after the traffic light junction with Newhampton Road. The turning is called Whitmore Hill and the car park is right at the top round the corner to the right. There is a barrier for the car park but if you press the buzzer the receptionist will open the barrier for you. Entry to reception is at the front of the building, facing the Ring Road. For maps and further travel information please see our website.

To find out more about the collections held at the Archives please contact us or pop in to speak to a member of staff who can advise you on our holdings and help you to locate the information you require. To search our catalogues online and find out more about the records we hold please see the Black Country History website.

Opening Times:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
  • Thursday: 10am – 5pm
  • Friday: 10am – 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 1pm

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