February to August 2022

9 February
2 for 2.30 p.m.

“Four Swallows and 2 Elephants
or “Hidden Biographies” – a cryptic title indeed which Ned Williams assures us covers the lives of seven people who existed under different names on the fringe of show business, with connections to Smethwick and the Black Country.

Ned Williams

9 March
2 for 2.30 p.m

“The Great Exhibition of 1851”
Sometimes referred to as the Crystal Palace Exhibition, it took place in Hyde Park, London. Alan Hill tells us about the people involved in this great enterprise, not least Prince Albert, and the companies involved in its construction, such as glass by Chance of Smethwick and ironwork by Fox.

Alan Hill

13 April
7 for 7.30

Ruskin- A Presentation with a Difference!” – Local lady Ruth Durrant will tell us ab out the lives of ordinary women who helped produce the world-famous Ruskin pottery. Dressed in work clothes of 1924, she speaks as one of the workers during her lunch break. The formula for Ruskin’s glazes was famously destroyed when he died, but we may even get a chance to try our hand at replicating them with glazes which Ruth brings along.

Ruth Durrant

11 May
7 for 7.30 pm

“Queen Elizabeth I – her Life, Loves and Death” – appearing in costume, Lynda Sharpe will portray the ageing Queen reminiscing about her long reign as the last of the Tudor monarchs, and becoming the glittering symbol of the nation’s destiny, as England became a major European power in politics, commerce and the arts.

Lynda Sharpe

June to

Our programme of outdoor summer events – to be confirmed.