Black Country History Day 2019

Large Lecture Theatre - 1st Floor - Arts Building - University of Birmingham - B15 2TT
Saturday 9 November 2019 (10:00-16:30)

Dr Malcolm Dick:

The Black Country Society and the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham jointly organise this annual history day, which is open to anyone who is interested in the history of the area.

The BCS promotes interest in the past, present and future of the Black Country. The CWMH encourages study of and research into the history of the region and runs a popular MA in West Midlands History.


Large Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham B15 2TT. Arts Building is R16 (Red Zone) on the Edgbaston PDF map.


£23 (refreshments and lunch provided). Car parking is free.



Introduction, Dr Malcolm Dick, University of Birmingham


Dr Malcolm Dick, ‘The Black Country: A History in 100 Objects’




Dr Cathy Hunt, ‘Righting the Wrong: Mary Macarthur 1880-1921, the Working Woman’s Champion’




Steve Field, ‘“When Satan stood on Brierley Hill”: Black Country Visions - celebrating the Black Country’s history and mythology through Public Art.’




Rebecca Wilton, ‘The Life and Legacy of Eliza Tinsley – Black Country Nail Mistress (1813-1882)’


Questions and discussion, led by Dr Malcolm Dick




Dr Malcolm Dick OBE lives in the Black Country and is Director of the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham. He is co-editor of a forthcoming book with David Eveleigh and Janet Sullivan, The Black Country: A History in 100 Objects. 

Dr Cathy Hunt is a former academic and now independent historian. She has published books on women, work and the labour movement and has recently completed a biography of the trade union leader, Mary Macarthur. 

Steve Field RBSA has been resident artist and art adviser to Dudley Borough for over 25 years, celebrating the Black Country through sculptures. reliefs, murals and mosaics, and often working alongside other local artists, with local fabricators and foundries, and utilising local materials such as iron, steel, limestone and glass. 

Rebecca Wilton works for the Black Country Living Museum and has recently completed an MA in West Midlands History. She loves local history, particularly social history of the waterways and the role of women in industry.

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Pictured: Mary Macarthur addressing the crowds during the chain makers' strike, Cradley Heath 1910

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