27th October 2016 7pm. Balsall Heath Local History Group; St Paul’s Venture, Clifton Road
Death in the Archives
Illustrated talk looking at the variety of archival records that can be found beyond the usual parish registers. With several case histories and local examples. A Halloween Special.
More details here:http://balsallheathhistory.co.uk/meetings-events
22nd November 2016 7pm. Gunmaker’s Arms, 93 Bath Street, B4 6HG (close to St Chad’s and Children’s Hospital)
An Accident Waiting to Happen? The Whittall Street Explosion of 1859.
On 27th September 1859 an explosion at a percussion cap factory in Whittall Street in the heart of the gun quarter resulted in the deaths of 19 people – all but one of them girls and young women. It wasn’t the first such accident, although it was the deadliest and it lead to an Act of Parliament designed to improve safety in the industry. Newspaper reports, inquest documents, burial registers and archive documents help to tell the story of what happened on that fateful morning. Come and discover more about the victims and some of the heroes and villains of the tragedy too.
More details here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/GunmakersBrum/events/