Dudley Museum and Art Gallery is hosting a series of talks about the area’s role in four international conflicts as part of the region’s Black Country Day celebrations.
The talks, created and performed by museum’s intern Richard Cartwright will look at how people from the Black Country played their part in The Crimean war 1854-1856, The Zulu war 1879, The Boer war 1899-1902 and The Great war 1914-1918.
The talks will cover the background of each conflict, the men involved and the equipment, uniform and weaponry used by troops at the time. They will be illustrated with authentic uniforms of the day as well as several sets of equipment from the time periods covered. People will be allowed to handle some of the items.
The day will run from 10am – 4pm on Monday 14 July, Black Country Day itself. All the sessions are drop in and completely free.
Councillor Hilary Bills, cabinet member for environment and culture, said:
“When people think of Black Country history we tend to think of the role the area played in the Industrial Revolution, often overlooking the part we played in some of our country’s great conflicts.
“It’s important to remember the sacrifices made by our ancestors in these wars, which is why I think these illustrated talks are such an important part of the wider Black Country Festival.”
Councillor Pete Lowe, deputy leader of the council, said:
“The range of activities on offer for Black Country Day continues to grow.
“I’m glad to see that our own Dudley Museum is running this series of interesting talks on Black Country Day itself and I hope that local people come along to find out about the bravery of Black Country soldiers in these four conflicts.”
The Black Country Festival is being held on dates throughout July to mark official national Black Country Day which is on Monday July 14.
Venues and organisations across Dudley borough and the whole Black Country, including music venues, pubs and charities will be holding events. Meanwhile the Black Country Living Museum along with council museums such as the Red House Glass Cone, Dudley Museum and Art Gallery and Himley Hall are also set to stage exhibitions celebrating the region.
People and organisations holding events as part of the Black Country Festival should email firstname.lastname@example.org to get their celebrations listed on websites and event programmes.
The museum on St James’ Road, Dudley is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Admission is free.