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THE BLACK COUNTRY MEMORIES CLUB

OUR MEMORIES

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Our thoughts are of the past.  It is not that we think the past was always good, because we know that it was not;  nor that we are afraid to acknowledge the benefits of progress, which are many.  But we are not so foolish as to think that the past had no good in it.  We do not always subscribe to the view that there is no time like the present.  We know that the past has shaped our lives in one way or another, not always for the worse, often for the better.  There are experiences which we have known and shared with other people, that we would not exchange, or want to exchange, for the experiences of the present day.  And there are experiences which we might wish that young people of to-day could experience for themselves.  I believe the object of what we are doing is to help record those experiences of the past, so that they become an important landmark of life and will help young people and others  reading them to understand much of why we are as we are and what the past has contributed to the present.
(Trevor Genge, speaking at one of the first meetings of the Club)

On these pages we record people's memories of life in the Black Country.  These memories have been written down either by the people themselves or by other members of the Club in conversation with the people concerned.  We also record here photos, documents and objects, which members have supplied. 

If reading these pages triggers off your own memories, please get in touch or come to a meeting and tell us about them.

Here are the memories we have on the site so far.  Click on the name to see the page.  The names are in the order in which they were put on the site.  Scroll to the bottom to see the most recent additions.

Dorothy Martin remembers her father and the General Strike.
Frank Venton remembers his parents and his own struggles after their deaths
Collette Clifford tells of her life as a District Nurse
Sammy Green gives his side of the pawnbroking business
Brian John reflects on Darlaston's recent history
Horace Morris recalls residents' and tenants' fight against pollution
David Evans, engineer, is remembered by Mrs. Evans
Mary Cooney has a wonderful photo of St. Edward's School, Bilston,1931-32
Ray Talbot talks about working at Guy Motors in the 1950s
Jim Stanley talks about working at Guy Motors, 1918 - 1921
Derek Simpkiss shows some cockfighting memorabilia
Rose Speakman shows a christening robe which has served 4 generations
Winifred Amphlett tells the story of a black coat
Jack Merrett watched the demolition of the Elisabeth furnace
Reg Humphries reminisces about Wednesbury Market in the 1930s
Kath Kiely tells the story of her Bilston family 
Philip Harding commemorates Harold Harding
Mauveen Wilcox has always loved ballroom dancing
Joan Oram shows some old photos of the Rocket Pools - and tells a ghost story
Kath Butler recalls her younger days in the Lunt
Joe Knight tells of his grandfather's adventurous youth
Reg Aston records the history of James Wilkes Ltd.
Irene Everitt worked at Parkes Locks
Arthur Grainger talks about Hurst Hill and his father
Reg and Millie Winsper:  soccer and socialism in Bilston
Joan McTighe has stories about burglars and lions
Josie Humpage recalls her husband's years with the steel works
Rose Hartill looks back on her life
Phillip Richards is remembered by his wife, Lillian
Walter Hughes (aka Hugh Walters) - the life of the Bilston sci-fi writer
John Mellor records the Bilston Riot of 1919
Kathleen Kinsey and her time working at the Quasi-Arc
Reg Aston records the Wolverhampton take over of 1966
Sister Nora Danbury talks about the Moxley Isolation Hospital
Doreen Rowley was twice in isolation hospitals
Mavis Johnson remembers both sickness and health
Jeffrey Lane tells the story of Lane Bros of Bradley
Jim Talbot tells the story of the Talbot and Wellings families
Terrence Mills - Moxley Memories During the Early 1960s

There are also some very interesting family histories on the Wolverhampton History and Heritage Society's web pages.  Click on this link to see them - but to get back here you will have to use the "back" button on your browser.

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