This year is the 50th an­niver­sary of the visit to Smeth­wick of the black rights ac­tivist Mal­colm X

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Skid­more says: “Al­though our ground­break­ing ‘How D’you Know That?’ pro­ject is now over two years old, the is­sues sur­round­ing it are still gar­ner­ing much in­ter­est. Her­itage Lot­tery fund­ing en­abled us to com­mis­sion a play in­spired by Mal­colm X’s visit, which was per­formed in our search room, with ar­chives for props.”

Fi­nally, we also caught up with Heidi McIn­tosh, Ar­chives Man­ager at Wolver­hamp­ton City Ar­chives. She re­ported that they are cur­rently work­ing on a Her­itage Lot­tery Fund pro­ject with the lo­cal news­pa­per, the

to digi­tise around 250,000 pho­to­graphs from this re­gional daily’s ar­chives. The im­ages span the length of the ti­tle’s 140-year his­tory, and will be made freely avail­able on­line.

Heidi also listed some of the im­por­tant lo­cal busi­ness col­lec­tions held here. “We have sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tions of ma­te­rial from Bilston Steel­works, Wed­nes­field Weld­less Steel Tube Co Ltd, Macrome Ltd, Thomas Rus­sell Ltd/ Great Western Brew­ery, Man­der Brothers Ltd paint­works, John Thomp­son Lim­ited en­gi­neer­ing com­pany, Ge­orge Carter Press­ings, Ed­win Pre­ston Ltd (man­u­fac­turer of weights, hand­bells and lab­o­ra­tory ap­pa­ra­tus), Joseph Sankey & Sons Ltd (GKN Sankey Ltd), the Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Com­pany (Great Bri­tain) Ltd, and Tar­mac.”

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