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FRIENDS OF SANDWELL ARCHIVES
Oldbury is now part of Sandwell, and the main depository for its archives is Sandwell Community History and Archives Service [CHAS], based at Smethwick Library. Relevant archive are also held in Worcestershire County Record Office (Worcester), Shropshire County Record Office (Shrewsbury), Birmingham Archives, Dudley Archives and the National Archives (London), as well as other public and private archives.

In 2005, the Friends of Sandwell Archives (FOSA) was set up by a group of local and family historians who use the services provided at CHAS, and it now has a membership of about fifty. Its main aims are

to support the development and activities of CHAS
to publicise the archives and encourage the use of the service by the public
to arrange talks relevant to Sandwell and its archives
to encourage volunteering to assist projects at CHAS by indexing, transcribing etc
to purchase items for the archives not obtainable within the normal budget of CHAS

FOSA has recently purchased some early documents related to Chance Brothers glassworks at Smethwick, and five plans of the land held by Hampton-in Arden-Charity including holdings in Oldbury.

Membership: £5 per annum. This provides free entrance to all meetings and information on the activities of FOSA by e-mail (preferred) or post. Cheques payable to 'Friends of Sandwell Archives', sent to Friends of Sandwell Archives c/o the address below.

 

Meetings are held at CHAS, at Smethwick Library, High Street, Smethwick at 2.30 pm on Thursdays

Free to members of FOSA

Non-members are welcome at all meetings at a charge of £2 per meeting

FRIENDS OF SANDWELL ARCHIVES - FORTHCOMING MEETINGS
15 May 2014

"The disastrous Zeppelin raids" Ian Bott

18 September
'A funny thing happened on the way to the Register Office' John Yates
13 November

Workshop: Examining Sandwell's archives

 

Contact for further information: via this website or Sandwell Community History and Archives Service, Smethwick Library, High Street, Smethwick or telephone 0121 558 2561 [closed Thursdays]

 

 
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